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How to Ground Yourself During Difficult Times

Posted by Guest Blogger

Feb 9, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Lora Hogan

My family recently suffered the loss of a very important family member.  And, as would be expected, our responses were emotional--leaving us feeling unbalanced, unstable, and as far away from grounded as you can get.

What do you do when life throws you a curveball? How do you find the ability to get out of whatever thoughts are coursing through your head and the difficult emotions in your heart?

You get grounded. You reconnect to the present moment. You find the strength and ability to face each moment through your own connection to the earth and the world around you.

Here are three ways I helped bring myself back to myself when I felt sad, overwhelmed, flighty, racing, and just plain ungrounded.  I hope they help you, too!

1)    Practice grounding yoga postures:

When faced with stressful situations I tend to turn into the worst version of me. I lose the present moment and sink into the land of fear, anxiety, and irritability. Simply put, I get flighty, I get indecisive, I get easily overwhelmed, I have trouble focusing, I don’t sleep, I try to do too much but don’t do any of it well, I avoid difficult conversations or feelings, and I just feel horribly unsettled.

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Rock Your Bliss and Retreat Yourself

Posted by Guest Blogger

Feb 6, 2015 10:00:00 AM

By:  Jacki Carr, JUIL Ambassador

The sweet coastal town of Sayulita, Mexico is a magical escape to a land of surf, sand, sunny days and margaritas.  A hidden gem just North of Puerta Vallarta, a town full of adventures like SUP, snorkel, kayak, surf, hiking and yoga love. In the midst of the winter season, this seems like a dream place where you can do a whole lot of everything, and a whole lot of nothing, and rock your bliss. As we pack on the scarves, gloves and boots to brave the winter temps, our minds float to this kind of place where bare feet, bikinis and guacamole are commonplace.

JUIL Ambassadors, Mary Beth LaRue and Jacki Carr have joined forces to co-create the Rock Your Bliss movement, a blisscrafting experience on and off the yoga mat. Retreat yourself and join MB and Jacki for a transformational week that takes place March 7th through the 14th at the Hotelito Los Suenos (translation: The Little Hotel of Dream) in Sayulita. There you will bask in an intentional vacation and enjoy daily morning yoga practice, afternoon coaching sessions, meditation on the sand, SUP on the ocean, delicious and healthy meals, salted margaritas at the local haunts, and exploration and wanderlust. Seriously, where can you register? (here!).  Note:  we hear there are only five spots left!

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Supercharge 2015 with Superfoods

Posted by Guest Blogger

Feb 4, 2015 10:00:00 AM

By Gillian B

With a brand new year upon us, most of us are ready to press the reset button. Typically, this includes: setting some resolutions, getting a gym membership or even a trainer and going on an extreme diet. But what happens come February?! Like clockwork, most of us have fallen off the health wagon and reverted back to our old ways…

In search of something more true to me, I started thinking ‘out of the box.’ I like to look at this time of the year as the end of a growth cycle and the beginning of the next wave of new experiences and opportunities.  It’s time to let go, step out of the safety our comfort zone and allow for exciting (and scary) new things to come our way. With that said, I want to share some ancient secrets with you and challenge you to try something new!

Most of us already know that a big part of healthy living is making sure we are giving our bodies the best fuel we possibly can! Incorporating high quality ingredients into your meals will take you a long way to feeling good, but why not take it a step further and feel THE BEST EVER! Let me introduce you to your new best friends… Superfoods are a special food group found in nature that are ESPECIALLY beneficial for the body. By definition they are calorie sparse and nutrient dense, meaning they pack a lot of punch for their weight as far as goodness goes. They are superior sources of antioxidants and essential nutrients - nutrients we need but cannot make ourselves.

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The Art of Disappointment

Posted by Guest Blogger

Feb 2, 2015 10:00:00 AM

I’m one of those who get really excited, really quickly.  Many times this leads to the pendulum swinging to the sudden rush of disappointment when what I thought was, isn’t at all. What does that mean?  It means that disappointment is really mourning over something that we never really had at all.  Expectations of what could be or what could happen all signifies living in the future.  I love that quote, “Expecting is my favorite crime and disappointment is always my punishment.” It’s true.  The more we expect from people, from an experience, the more likely we are to be disappointed.  Instead of accepting what is, we look for what we want it to be.  In reality, we are looking for control and when that control crumbles, we get disappointed.

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How to Manage and Embrace Work, Family, Travel, Life

Posted by Guest Blogger

Jan 26, 2015 10:00:00 AM

I travel for a living, often for months at a time, to places like Mexico, Bali, Hawaii, Iceland, Europe, etc. I’m often asked (by those who imagine being away from home as overwhelming or exhausting), how I manage work, life, and family with all of my travel and teaching.

My answer? 

Love makes everything possible. Here’s how I use it to make amazing things happen, even while traveling away from home.

Love your work

I’m always working. I don’t take vacations or days off.

The Trick? When you love your work it gives you energy.  When you love the people your work touches, the same is true.

My work is what I’m passionate about - “Living the Wild Abundant Life.” I give every day my all, and that’s my work.

Now, more than ever, it is truly possible to work from anywhere, and I do. I watch You Tube videos studying other entrepreneurs online, while waiting in lines or waiting to board.

I can sleep in the airport or on the plane (my sleep-sack goes with me everywhere) or use that time to write curriculum or journal for future blogs.

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HARVEST IN THE NEW YEAR

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Jan 20, 2015 10:00:00 AM

By Alex Curtis

Even though the holidays are over, and 2015 is here; there is still the hustle and bustle of holiday stress.  Traveling back home, work starts up again and don’t forget that massive pile of returns you need to make.  (Why does Aunt Carol still send the worst holiday sweaters?!) 

With the start of the New Year, new intentions and new goals, make it a point to focus on you.  Give yourself time to relax, breath in fresh air, be active, get outside, and unplug from technology.  It is important to find your own personal outlet to escape the daily stresses of every day life.  Here are a few ways that you can focus on you and let go of the world, for a little while at least.  Give one or more a shot and see what resonates with you, make it your own.

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Yoga for Travelers

Posted by Guest Blogger

Jan 16, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Ever feel like one single airplane ride takes away many of the hours of yoga practice you've accumulated in your body? Given our love for international travel and constant exploration, our team here at The Travel Yogi definitely understands the feeling! We've got a few yoga tips while traveling to help you feel rested and ready to begin your adventure after your flight.

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5 Great Reasons to Visit Montezuma, Costa Rica

Posted by Guest Blogger

Jan 13, 2015 12:29:00 PM

A Destination Suggestion from Juil Ambassador, Dagmar Spremberg

I fell in love with Montezuma the first time during my visit in 1999. The best way to describe it is as a charming fishing village with an abundance of character and never-ending nature. I’ve been living here now for 13 years and every time I travel to other places, I fall in love with it again...

I’d love to share with you the best Montezuma has to offer. That way you’ll know what to expect when choosing it as one of your future destinations and, I promise, you won't be disappointed.....

1. The Nicoya peninsula counts as one of 5 worldwide Blue Zones (www.bluezones.com) these are places where people live longer and healthier than anywhere else in the world! Reasons for this include  the high calcium and magnesium content in the water, which is supportive of healthy bones, as well as an active lifestyle and exposure to healthy doses of sun to increase your natural intake of vitamin D. I have personally also discovered that living with the natural rhythm of day and night is extremely healing. Sunrise and sunset are all year round between 5.30 and 6 am/pm and therefore you will go to bed early, have a good deep restful sleep and wake up early with the sun and the beautiful sound of the monkeys and birds....the body will be grateful and you can leave your watch behind :)

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Mirrors of Love

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Jan 12, 2015 10:00:00 AM

By Anton Mackey

A mirror shows us our reflection. It gives us a different perspective of ourselves. But the most useful and powerful mirrors are not made of glass. They are made of Souls.
Every single person and situation that we encounter in our everyday life is a mirror for us to see different points of view. An opportunity to see what others see looking right back at us.

Now this is a tough pill to swallow sometimes. When that mirror is an angry stranger cutting you off in traffic and then flipping you off. Or when it’s that annoying lady on the plane who can’t control the volume of her voice. Or that righteous and radical religious person judging others for having a different belief. I know what you’re gonna say, “but I don’t do (fill in the blank)!” Our ego will do a really good job defending our not so pretty side. But when we begin to see everything as an opportunity to learn something about ourselves we start to gain a deep appreciation for everyone else. We see that every situation is being Divinely orchestrated in a way for us to learn a beautiful lesson. And most often what we see is generosity, compassion, and kindness.

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A Giveaway to Celebrate New Beginnings – Juil x Buddha Pants x Tiny Devotions

Posted by Eva Caruso

Jan 9, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Are you looking through your holiday gifts and wishing you had gotten a new pair of comfly Heram pants and designer mala beads? Well, you’re not alone!

We’re giving you that opportunity by partnering with our friends at Buddha Pants and Tiny Devotions to give away your new 2015 favorites. This giveaway package has a retail value of $350 and includes any color/style of Juils, a Tiny Devotions Grounded Mala, and a pair of Buddha Pants of the winner’s choice. Don’t miss your chance and enroll yourself to win this ultimate giveaway for the New Year here. http://info.juil.com/buddhaxjuil

Increase your chances of winning and receive an extra entry by liking the Juil, Tiny Devotions and Buddha Pants pages on Facebook!

Grounded Mala - Green Brecciated Jasper, Picture Jasper, Suyi Jade and Sandalwood

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