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10 ways to use tech for your wellbeing

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10 ways to use tech for your wellbeing

Greetings dear reader,

Nice that you found your way here, if you’re a frequent reader, I am glad that I didn’t scare you off 😂😱 with my most recent blog text, which certainly was written from a place of fire. I think it’s fair to say I have some frustration around being judged for sharing my love for yoga and it showed in my latest post. Perhaps it should go on my own list of “things to work on” and what can I say, I’m simply a passionate opinionated yogini and sometimes I let the sharpness pour into my writing and my blog is a way to funnel it. Either way, no matter if you’re a new or old reader, I am glad that you’re reading my scribbles and today’s post definitely has a softer tone 💛, think unicorns, cotton candy, daisies and marshmallows 🦄🌸 🍭 (sorry I took it too far there).

Okay dokay, well today I want to touch on a topic that might interest our tech and gadget loving humans: how to use tech for your wellbeing. The digital revolution is here and as it seems, it’s here to stay. Every industry is getting digitalized and unless you’re jumping on the bandwagon, you’re basically gonna struggle, or worse, not make it. This is also true for the wellness industry and there’s already a bunch of apps and gadgets out there that you can use to improve, measure and enhance your overall wellness. YAY. It’s also true for us yoga teachers as many of us use for instance the gram, blogging and vlogging as a way to reach more people.

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I personally think it’s pretty dang nice that there’s a bunch of trinkets out there we can now use to actually measure and get data from. One of the coolest aspects about even the wellness industry getting digitalized is that now that there’s actually data and proof that displays the benefits, it makes more sense to invest in your wellbeing. And this again means, that the digitalization of wellness can serve a gateway to reach people who perhaps normally wouldn’t be interested in mindfulness, yoga or wellbeing in a holistic way. All around ah-mazing.

Alrighty then, so there’s a broad range of variety out there in terms of what you can actually measure, use and do for your wellness, but I decided to gather some of the most well known tools and apps and then also a few random ones that I know of. I personally use the Apple Watch and let’s just say I’m more or less in love with it. It gives me data on my workout goals, reminds me to breathe (I mean deep breaths and breaks) and is awesome for switching music during yoga classes (I don’t have to use my phone). Here we go:

  1. The Apple Watch

    Like I mentioned above, I use the Apple Watch for reaching my workout goals, reminders to take breaks to breathe, to measure how many steps I’ve taken per day, to change and adjust music during yoga classes and so much more more. Oh, and it’s also eye pleasing with its sleek black amazingness.

  2. The Garmin Smart Watches

    Similarly to the Apple Watch, Garmin has also launched a line of their own smart watches that you can use for comparable purposes as the Apple Watch. These smart little devices are also eye pleasing and they help you track your activity, then save, plan and share your progress with others.

  3. Yogaia App & Website

    Live and interactive yoga classes from anywhere. They have over 100 classes every week and a broad range of teachers and different classes. The cool thing is that you can actually turn your camera on and get live tips, feedback and cues from the teacher in real time.

  4. Yogobe

    Take your practice with you anywhere at any time. This useful app and website enables you to basically practice anywhere at any time. All you need is your app and a connection to the world wide web. One of my teachers, Satu Tuomela, whom I did my first Yoga TT with has several of her classes on this site.

  5. Neurosonic therapy lounge divan

    This is a new stress relief method developed in Finland that works through low frequency vibrations. There are three different programs you can choose from: recovery, relaxation and activation. It works kind of like a massage chair, but through vibrations, which are directed throughout the whole body. It has proven to be an astonishingly efficient method of recovery and there’s data on its efficiency. We happen to have one at our office, and it’s pretty damn stellar!!!

  6. Yoga 15

    Yoga 15 is an rad app thats message is pretty simple: EVERYONE has time to do a 15 min workout or stretching session every damn day! I met the beautiful founder and yogini Abi when I lived in Mexico and I remember how passionate she was about her work and app. She’s definitely gone along way and continues to share the love for the ancient practice in a modern way reaching both men, women, yogis, cyclers, runners and other sportsmen and -women! You go girl! PS. She also happens to have a gorgeous instagram feed.

  7. Headspace

    Unless you’ve lived under a rock, surely you’ve heard of headspace!? I’m KIDDING, no, but this app is pretty darn fantastic and so wonderful for taking up meditation as a practice. They have hundreds of themed sessions on everything from stress and sleep to focus and anxiety My good amiga Lucy (who normally perhaps isn’t that into yoga or the wellness hype) swears on this lovely app. Love you mama.

  8. Period Trackers: Flo, M. Cycles or Clue

    YESSSS and yes yes yes. These apps are making life so much easier! Now you can use an app to track your “safe days”, ovulation and expected period. The apps will also give you insights throughout the month about how your body is working at specific times. It’s particularly good for those looking to be able to plan around their periods, perhaps if they're booking a holiday and would prefer not to be on, or for those looking to get pregnant. If you’re already expecting, there’s also an excellent app to track the pregnancy throughout its different stages.

  9. Strava

    This one is for the ones who love to run and cycle! Strava is already one of the most popular activity-tracking smartphone apps out there and I use this as well. You can also use it on your Apple Watch, that adds to the convenience of recording movement from your wrist, so you can leave you phone at home.

  10. The Moon

    This one goes out for moonchildren out there. This app is great for checking the moon phases as you can view the current phase of the moon, see the moon on the day you were born, share the moon with your friends, get notifications for upcoming moon events.

In addition to these, there’s actually an app that can track your dirty mouth and scold you for cussing and help you stop swearing. Obviously there’s ALOT of apps, tools and widgets out there and another topic I didn’t touch on is wellness related podcasts and inspiring instagram accounts to follow (later in life) but if you know of any other cool or useful ones, I’d love to learn more so please, do feel free to comment below.

An Apple Watch, Buddha, Zafiro jewelry, singing bowls and candles. What else do you need?

An Apple Watch, Buddha, Zafiro jewelry, singing bowls and candles. What else do you need?

Alrighty then, let’s all now be tech-savvy wellbeing badasses and have a happy EASTER 🐣!!!

That’s all for now. Go eat them chocolate eggs.

Con amor,

Evita

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#BLESS #BLISS #BLAHBLAH

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#BLESS #BLISS #BLAHBLAH

#BLESS #BLISS #BLAHBLAH

I get it, it’s a lot of fluffiness out there but the other end isn’t cool either, so here’s what I have to say to people making fun of yoga, yoga practitioners and the yoga community:

First of all, may Spirit bless your soul and secondly go fudge (or smudge) yourself.

The end.

I’M KIDDING!!!!!!!! Well, kind of. Let me put it in a nicer package for you. Read on, if you will:

We all love humor and joking, it's is a big part of life and a way for us to connect and communicate with each other. Laughing is medicine and laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells, thus improving your resistance to disease. So it makes sense to be laughing and joking. Oh and as we all know (God I hope so at least) it feels freaking fantastic, we all love a good ole laugh and joke. That being said, being rude and making fun on someone else’s behalf or ridiculing someone because of their interests, way of life and passions can be offensive as fawk. Surely we see stand up comedians do this and a lot of humor is based on making fun of someone else, but sadly there seems to be an overflowing pattern that’s pretty repetitive, men making fun of women. This is upsetting and triggering on many levels. Some might argue it has nothing to do with the fact that it’s men making fun of women practicing yoga per se and it just happens to be that more women are into yoga. Dope, well for whatever reason it triggers the shiiiat outta me, which is why I am typing. Like there isn’t enough misogynist and sexist behavior out there already, sigh. It’s kind of lame to notice and see men even in my own circle of “friends” or social media friends making fun of women practicing and teaching yoga and about the stuff and pictures we post on social media. 

Here’s the problem I have with that: when did whatever you post on social media become more valuable or important than what I am posting? Do you see me making fun of fishing, golfing, surfing, photography, videography, banking, baking or whatever the heck it is that you love on my feed? Nah, didn’t think so. And for those of you who read my blog, I kinda touched on the subject in a previous post, but today I felt the need to actually dedicate a whole post on this subject. So homie, you clearly have a social media account for whatever reason (be it for communication/marketing/expression/stalking or all of the reasons) and most of you feel the need to share pictures of the things you like, be it a pizza, a pic from a vacation, your child or [insert whatever]. So my question in all honesty is:

What makes me silly or fake or whatever you think I am that makes you want to make fun of me and my fellow yogis out there?

Social media is a part of our lives now, this is fact. The digital revolution is here and we all have different ways of utilizing this insanely powerful tool. I and a bunch of other yogis out there happen to use it to post yoga stuff and why wouldn’t we when that’s what we love? I’ve never claimed to be a nun, nor an enlightened being or a guru of any sort. I simply love yoga, spirituality, self work (such as working with expression like what I am doing right now this very moment) and I am just trying my best to hustle and spread the joy in a way that empowers me and the people with the same interests. Putting myself out there is intimidating enough and I constantly struggle with the fear of being judged or ridiculed, so when it actually happens it feels pretty lame, kinda like being bullied. And in all fairness, I do agree that there’s definitely an overflow or overuse of words such as #blessed and #bliss and #grateful, but simultaneously there’s also huge amount of pics of big fish or the last NBA game out there (just examples). And isn’t it actually pretty amazing if someone genuinely feels grateful in a world where there’s a ton of sad stuff happening that we can cry about every damn moment. So WHY my dear hombre fellow human, WHY oh why do you need to mock us? I get it’s funny, but unless you are as funny as JP (because he is actually SUPER funny and does it from a space of LOVE) I suggest you stop shaming yogis, YOGA GIRLS and the practice of yoga or perhaps you need to find your way to the mat and practice some compassion.

Oh, am I a bad yogi for speaking my mind for expressing my feelings? I think not. Being a bad yogi is a good next blog post by the way.

Thanks for reading.

For my fellow yoga sisters out there, have you stumbled upon the same thing in your circle of peeps?

K bye now.

Eva

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BELOW you’ll find some really funny stuff actually, the difference is JP does it from a place of love as he is a dedicated yogi himself.



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Real and talk about instagram, selfies and self promotion

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Real and talk about instagram, selfies and self promotion

Dear reader,

If you're a millennial like myself you’ve most likely stumbled upon the expression “shameless self promotion”. If you’re unfamiliar with it, what it means is putting yourself out there with the idea of marketing something you sell, provide or do without feeling any shame about doing it. I believe the infamous hashtag #sorrynotsorry sometimes goes along with it and most of you have probably seen a cute selfie on instagram by someone you know along with the hashtag. I guess the #sorrynotsorry is a way to acknowledge that something you’re posting might trigger some feelings or opinions in some people but you decide to do it nevertheless. More than the #shamelessselfpromotion, the #sorrynotsorry is often used when someone is simply just giving themselves permission to post that cute pic (nothing wrong with that) and perhaps not as used when marketing a product or a service.

So like I mentioned the whole concept with shameless self promotion is basically not feeling any shame in blasting (presenting would be a nicer word) your services or products on the world wide web. In all honesty though, unless you’ve got the confidence of Kim Kardashian or Queen B (um, Beyonce hellooo) (not even sure she’s got that good of a self esteem actually…) the odds are you might feel some sort of shame or insecurity in posting pics of what it is that you’re trying to sell. I mean, at least I do. And I wanted to write about it openly and honestly. Social media and especially Instagram are great tools to gain traction for whatever it is that you’re selling or promoting. Good content on your feed translates to many likes that will lead to more followers that leads to a wider audience and that again will eventually result in more business. So yes, in a nutshell social media and self promotion are key parts of a smart marketing strategy. Unfortunately or luckily though (however you wanna look at it) if you’re a yoga teacher or someone whose product happens to be a service you sell yourself, it most likely will mean that the content you’re sharing will involve pictures, opinions or words of yours.

The raw truth is that we live in a world were pretty pics of pretty girls gain followers. I mean who doesn’t want to look at a girl striking a one armed handstand in a thong…. hmm, some might not actually want to. BUT many do. For some it might be inspiring, for others it might be entertaining and for others they simply enjoy the beautiful images. But the truth is these accounts have a lot of followers. The important thing is to understand that an image is just that, a glimpse of a moment, and a pose is just that, a pose. It all comes down to your perspective and the pair of goggles you’re using to look at your world though. Learning cool ass ninja tricks like arm balances or being skinny, fit or good looking does not equal happiness. Being fit and attractive are ideal attributes many strive to attain. Knowing how to rock cool ass yoga poses might be empowering for some. BUT again plz remember, it does not necessarily mean that the person is living a balanced happy life. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t. We have really no way of knowing, unless we do. So remember that next time you’re scrolling through your feed. But that being said, pretty pictures work in marketing.

Posting pics on social media is a hard dance between creating content that empowers, motivates, gains traction and is beautiful and real all at the same time. As someone trying to promote something you’re obviously hoping to get likes and to gain followers in order to grow your business. But if you’re a yoga teacher like myself, how the heck do I do that in a graceful and successful way. If I scroll down my own feed for example and review the pics that have the most likes, I can see a pretty clear pattern (well now it’s harder after the new algorithm change). Not surprising, the pics with the most likes are close ups of my face or me in a swimsuit. So does that mean I think I’m the shit and hot as balls, well, nope, I can assure you NOT AT ALL.

To put yourself out for the world to see is hard and takes a lot of courage in the first place. Sadly we yoga teachers get constantly judged and criticized for the content we post on our feeds. And this does not only happen with yoga teachers, I see this with many women in many different fields of business. Why the fuck are we not allowed to be smart & sexy at the same time? Seriously though, who are you to say what is appropriate content and what’s not. I mean if you have a social media account clearly you want to share something with the world as well, so why is your content more appropriate than mine!? I remember it like yesterday when a person commented on one of my pics when I posted an image of a landscape “nice, not a picture of yourself”. This made me sad cuz putting yourself out there is already hard enough to begin with. Well watcha gonna do, haters gonna hate, right!?

This image has the most likes on my  instagram feed . Taken by talented friend  Jess Leigh Photography.

This image has the most likes on my instagram feed. Taken by talented friend Jess Leigh Photography.

So my point is too often we might be too quick to judge and think “omg look at Bethany just posting pics of herself”. Well, lemme tell ya something Mike, perhaps Bethany needs a little extra validation and has a low self esteem…perhaps Bethany is dealing with a breakup and needs to feel good about herself OR WHAT IF MIKE, Bethany is actually trying to sell or promote something and is using the best possible marketing strategies she knows. So please before jumping to the conclusion and thinking that Bethany thinks that she’s the shit and throwing the first rock, I suggest you step back and check yourself. Sure, most of us might agree that if Bethany is simply looking for validation through social media, it might not be the best way to cope with her low self-esteem issues. But then on the other hand, who the hell are you to judge. I mean are you perfect? What I’m trying to say is, that we are all different and today the gram happens to be a big part of our lives, in the good and the bad, and we all use it in different ways, some for marketing, some for posting pics of their sushi platter, some of them surfing, others for selfies and some for posting pics of their their kids. And this is all completely fine. So please, Mike, try to be more understanding and kind in a world that’s already harsh and hard enough as it is.

With love,

Evita

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Your yoga teacher is not your guru

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Your yoga teacher is not your guru

Your yoga teacher is not your guru

If you haven’t watched Kumaré yet, it’s about time. This is hands down one of the best documentaries of our time.

There is a number of reasons for people to go to yoga classes. Some do it to exercise, some to get a good stretch, some for the spiritual benefits, others to reduce stress, some to feel part of a community and some possibly for all of those reasons. The list goes on. I love meeting new people and I also love my dedicated students, so wether you’re coming to my classes, workshops or retreats, I am honored and grateful to have you share your time with me and I am thrilled I can share some of my knowledge with you.

In my bio I state that one must always stay a student and I truly emphasize this. Unless you’re Gandhi, the odds are you’re not an enlightened being just yet. That being said, the fact that you are practicing yoga and the fact that you want to become more connected with yourself and your surrounding world is an amazing first step towards the right direction and something worth celebrating. What is key to understand though is that yoga teachers don’t have it all figured out (hell nah!!). Sometimes actually they might even have more issues than the average Joe and this is what perhaps initially led them to yoga (take this with a grain of salt). So to fully lean on them with your problems and expect them to have solutions is not the best idea. I guess this must be why now they don’t really allow the terminology of “Yoga Therapy”. See, we yoga teachers are just as messed up as you. We get down on ourselves, fuck up and get lost in life. I guess the big difference from the average non yogi is that even though we also fuck up, we MIGHT (caps lock here) be more aware of it and we more importantly might be working on changing that behavior. And yoga can be an excellent tool to become more aware, awake and in tune with yourself. I can truly say that thanks to the world of yoga and its broad field of teachings, I am becoming more aware of my own patterns and issues. And recognition is a hella good first step in this long journey towards a better version of me. Cuz at the end,  that’s what a lot of us want, to grow, to learn and to connect.

We can learn from each other. Pic of me and  Abi.

We can learn from each other. Pic of me and Abi.

Unfortunately we live in a time where people are getting sick. Sick and tired of being sick and tired. Sick from working too much, sick from stress and unrealistic expectations. This sickness and tiredness leads to us feeling stuck and unaccomplished and very often lost. Are we on our right paths? Are we doing what we are supposed to be doing? Perhaps we feel like we need a change but are just too tired, too exhausted and blocked from finding the solutions ourselves. Add some relationship issues or a broken marriage and bam! You’re open AF to having someone else steer your ship and take control. This is of course is okay if that person is a) your therapist or b) actually knows what the best solutions for you are and c) truly has your best interest in mind and works from the goodness of their heart and not for a financial gain. Don’t get me wrong, guidance and mentoring is not wrong and even in yogic philosophy we are taught that once the student is ready, the master will come. But the thing is, you are the master and you will always be your own guru. You hold all the answers to all your problems and what a teacher or a guide can do is, to aid you to see that, but at the end of the day, YOU are the guru. And this is super important to assimilate. The same thing goes for your asana practice on your mat. If something does not feel good in your body but the teacher is telling you to do it, hell nah! Get outta that pose! You know the best what feels food and what works for your god given temple, never forget that. And as a teacher I am only here to give you ideas and suggestions on how to move. If it does not feel good for you, if it doesn’t relate to you, you are more than welcome to skip. 


To close the circle I want to say that you can learn a lot from your yoga teacher and they can serve as an excellent guide on your journey, but always remember that you are the captain and you navigate the ship, even if your teacher can sometimes work as the compass on giving you some direction on where to go. I am blessed and grateful to be sharing my teachings and what I’ve learned, but boy, I am still and I will always remain a student.

Namaste,

Eva

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Chakra 101 (Chakras for Dummies) and an infographic

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Chakra 101 (Chakras for Dummies) and an infographic

CHAKRA 101 (CHAKRAS FOR DUMMIES) AND AN INFOGRAPHIC

Greetings homies!

If you didn’t know, I teach a Chakra class each Thursday at Pranama Kallio focusing on one specific Chakra each week. As I’ve taken for granted that everybody knows what a chakra is I recently realized how wrong I am. Many of you don’t have a clue about what a chakra actually is, so made this little infographic (take it with a grain of salt) and I wrote this simple guide for you to get a basic idea. I am also excited to share my upcoming Chakra Tune Up workshop with my good friends from BärBar, and there’s actually still two available spots as we speak, so make sure to sign up if you wish to join! But here you go, a chakra 101 guide for you :)

So perhaps you’ve heard the term chakra but are still quite unfamiliar with the concept of it or don’t know what it does, how it functions, where it is (or where they are) or even if you have one (spoiler alert: you certainly do). Lemme help you out as I created this simple guide.

Let’s start with the actual word ‘chakra’. Chakra literally means wheel or circle and is a word from the Sanskrit language. What that refers to is the wheel like movement of the chakra. So what is a chakra? A chakra is an energy center, a vortex and the focal point of subtle energy in your energetic body. So let’s take it one step backwards now. See, everything is energy. And this is not some New Age mumbo jambo. Your thoughts, your actions, your words, your body, the phone in your hand etc etc. Lemme repeat: Everything is energy. How that energy presents itself in this physical realm is what we call matter. But when we look at the body from an energy perspective, there are certain ways the energy flows and certain places where that energy gathers and these my friend, are your Chakras.

You have seven primary chakras in your body. Each Chakra is connected to certain aspects of your life and certain areas or organs of your body. Each Chakra is associated with a specific color, an element, a tone, a frequency and so forth. Below a list of the seven primary Chakras and their elements, color and functions.

1. The Root Chakra (Muladhara)

Muladhara (“root support”) is located at the base of your spine. It is often depicted as a red four-petaled lotus, and it governs what are considered the four primal urges: food, sleep, sex, and self-preservation, but also money. It is the foundation of your being. Its energetic function is to help us maintain a sense of groundedness and inner stability.

Element: Earth

Color: Red

Affirmation“I am here.”

Tone: LAM

2. The Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana)

Svadhisthana (“her own abode”) is located at the pelvis by your reproductive organs. It is often depicted as an orange lotus with six petals, and it’s associated with creativity, sensuality, pleasure, fluidity, adaptability, emotions, sexual energy, and the unconscious. The second chakra’s energetic function is to help us regulate our emotions and desires, so as not to be driven by them.

Element: Water

Color: Orange

Affirmation: “I am a creative.”

Tone: VAM

3. The Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)

Manipura (“city of jewels”) is located at the navel center. It is commonly depicted as a downward or upward-facing yellow triangle. This energy center is your personal power, your ego and it’s function is to navigate our lives with strength and determination.

Element: Fire

Color: Yellow

Affirmation: “I am strong”

Tone: RAM

4. The Heart Chakra (Anahata)

Anahata (“unstruck”) is located at the heart center. Anahata is typically depicted as a green six-pointed star surrounded by 12 lotus petals. On a spiritual level, it’s said to be the home of the higher “unstruck” or indestructible self. Anahata governs our joy, love (not just romantic love, more importantly self-love), compassion and openness. Energetically, anahata helps us tap into unconditional love.

Element: Air

Color: Green

Affirmation: “I am loving”

Tone: YAM

5. The Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)

Vishuddha (“to purify”) is located in your throat. It is often depicted as a blue downward-facing triangle inside a lotus with 16 purple petals. This energy center is associated with speaking one’s truth. Its energetic function is to help us find authentic self-expression and honesty.

Element: Ether or space

Color: Blue

Affirmation: “I am honest.”

Tone: HAM

6. The Third-Eye Chakra (Ajna)

Ajna (“command center”) is located between the eyebrows and is.represented by a transparent lotus with two white petals. It is your wisdom center and the seat of the mind, your conscious and unconscious awareness. It is not associated with any element, as this chakra is considered beyond the physical elements. This is the center for intuition, vision, imagination, inner knowing, and self-assurance. The energetic function of ajna chakra is to help us learn to know ourselves on a spiritual level.

No element

Color: Purple

Affirmation:  “I am seeing.”

Tone: OM

7. The Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)

Sahasrara (“thousand-petaled lotus”) is located just above the crown of the head. This is the doorway into pure consciousness, it is often depicted as a thousand-petaled lotus with a pinkish aura, and in a similar way to the third eye chakra, nor is this chakra associated with a physical element. This chakra serves as a way of connecting to divine energy and is associated with our highest self. Sahasrara helps us function in a more enlightened way, cultivate self-mastery, and find a sense of connection with all.

No element

Color: White

Affirmation “I am connected”

Tone: MMM

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Now that you have a basic idea of these energy centers, it’s key to understand that this energy is constantly changing. Energy flows in and out of these centers all the time and your chakras can either be balanced, unbalanced, over active, under active or even blocked (oh nooo!!). Luckily there are various methods to unblock, align and balance your chakras and these include nutrition, yoga, healing, rest, various activities, crystals, colors and so forth. This all depends on which of the chakras it is that is not in harmony. So how do you know if a chakra is inactive or blocked you might ask? Well, usually after getting an understanding of the chakras you might already have an idea in your mind. Perhaps you’ve gone through heart ache lately (maybe there’s a blocakge in your heart chakra) or did you just lose your job (first chakra) or maybe you never speak your truth and always hold your opinions to yourself even if you should speak up (throat). But if you’re still completely clueless there are ways to test your chakras and one method is by testing them using a pendulum or a dowser. The dowser is simply placed above your chakra and if the pendulum is spinning in a circular way the chakra is in harmony, if it’s not moving at all or if it’s going back and forth, there’s a blockage or it’s under active, if it’s making a crazy big circle, yup you guessed it: it’s over active. Below a list of feelings that might be present if a chakra is overactive or under active.

Root Chakra

Overactive
Fearful, nervous, insecure, not feeling grounded; materialistic or greedy, resisting change

Underactive
Lacking a sense of being at home or safe anywhere, codependent, unable to get into one’s body, fearful of abandonment

Sacral Chakra

Overactive
Overemotional, very quick to attach and invest in others, attracted to drama, moody, lacking personal boundaries

Underactive
Stiff, unemotional, closed off to others, lacking self-esteem or self-worth, possibly in an abusive relationship

Solar Plexus Chakra

Overactive
Dominating, aggressive, angry, perfectionistic or overly critical of oneself or others

Underactive
Passive, indecisive, shy, lacking self-control

Heart Chakra

Overactive
Loving in a clingy, suffocating way; lacking a sense of self in a relationship; willing to say yes to everything; no sense of boundaries, letting everyone in

Underactive
Cold, distant, lonely, unable or unwilling to open up to others, grudgeful

Throat Chakra

Overactive
Overly talkative, unable to listen, highly critical, verbally abusive, condescending

Underactive
Introverted, shy, having difficulty speaking the truth, unable to express needs

Third Eye Chakra

Overactive
Out of touch with reality, lacking good judgment, unable to focus, prone to hallucinations

Underactive
Rigid in thinking, closed off to new ideas, too reliant on authority, disconnected or distrustful of inner voice, anxious, clinging to the past and fearful of the future

Crown Chakra

Overactive
Addicted to spirituality, lack of bodily needs, having difficulty controlling emotions

Underactive
Not very open to spirituality, unable to set or maintain goals, lacking direction

So, no that you have a basic idea about the chakras you can learn to work with these subtle energies and perhaps become more aware of your energetic body. If you want to study more, I highly recommend picking up the book “The Anatomy of The Spirit” by Caroline Myss.

You feeling aligned AF yet? ;)

Con amor,


Evita

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The magic of a good playlist (sharing is caring)

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The magic of a good playlist (sharing is caring)

THE MAGIC OF A GOOD PLAYLIST (SHARING IS CARING)

Music is magic. Simply put. 

I mean think about it. What is music? One could say that music is an artful arrangement of different sounds creating a vibration that’ll change your mood, frequency, trigger a memory, create feelings of joy, sadness, grief, love, longing, you name it, the list goes on and on. Music is said to be the language of emotions. Studies have shown that listening to music releases dopamine. So why not combine music with yoga? Bulletproof. Duh.

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I spend hours and hours discovering new artists and new music on Spotify. Playing an amazing playlist during yoga class is the shit. It gives me energy and inspires me and simultaneously I can see how that energy amplifies when the students get into the flow with some good tunes. I play music on my way to work, on my way home and always when I’m driving. My friends know that I won’t start the car if I don’t have a good tune on, no matter if we’re late.

Anyways, when I first started practicing yoga I started with Ashtanga, which I guess some people would argue to be quite ascetic. It’s rigorous, always with the same movements and no music. Oh, with the exception of the Ashtanga mantra in the beginning, if that counts. I remember back in the day when I would religiously practice mysore style with my good friend Elisa that we were even quite serious about the mantra. Lolz. How times have changed. And please ashtangi yogis, don’t get me wrong I still enjoy Ashtanga, BUT I love vinyasa flow and one of the reasons is: you can add music to your classes. And that adds an extra dimension of joy, so why not.

So to circle back to the magic of music I wanted to share with you guys what my students often ask me post yoga class, which is some of my favorite yoga playlists for you to enjoy. 

These are my top 3 playlists currently (I made them public on my Spotify Account):

  1. yoghurt

  2. eva’s flow

  3. Vinyasa FLow

  4. Amazing vibes (not yoga)

Con Amor,

Evita

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Beach yoga sesh with Vuokko Salo Photography

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Beach yoga sesh with Vuokko Salo Photography

I wanted to share these stunning images Vuokko Salo captured during her stay here in Sayulita. Vuokko Salo is not just an amazing, talented photographer who's got an extremely good eye, but she is also a beautiful mama of two adorable kids, a loving wife and has a heart big as a whale. I am lucky to call her a friend and to work with her! Without further ado, enjoy these gorgeous shots we recently took. Make sure to give her a follow on IG @vuokkosalo

PS. The beautiful mat is by Yoga Design lab and pants by Solo Sol

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Yoga privates in Sayulita | Blog post by SayulitaLife

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Yoga privates in Sayulita | Blog post by SayulitaLife

[This is a guest post by Stacey Elkins for SayulitaLife]

A Relaxing Treat in Sayulita: A Private Yoga Class with Eva Estlander Yoga

Photos: Camilla Fuchs Photography

Savasana love.

Savasana love.

It was early Thursday evening and it had been another busy day, leaving me feeling exhausted and drained. As I took my place on the yoga mat at Don Pedro’s Brisa Mar Palapain Sayulita, I could feel the day’s stress already start to melt away. A gentle, cool breeze, the scent of incense, and the sound of waves hitting the shore further enhanced my relaxation as I prepared for my first private yin yoga class with Eva Estlander Yoga, in which she is in high demand.

Eva explained that yin yoga is about relaxing the body, not activating the muscles. It’s about working with the body’s connective tissue, which is a thick, white layer of tissue that holds the parts of the body together. It’s about finding your edge, how deep you can go in a pose (most focusing on the hips, glutes, and inner thighs), without feeling any pain or tingling. It’s about using your breath to move deeper into each pose, which is held between two and eight minutes. Relaxation in yin yoga is the ultimate goal, offering a nice balance from the active lifestyle in which most of live.

For the first pose, Eva had me lie on my back, a yoga bolster placed under my knees, my arms spread out on each side. Her soft, gentle voice acted as a meditative guide as she had me visualize a bright orange wheel of light filling my body and spinning as I inhaled, tension leaving my body as I exhaled. She explained that the body has seven main chakras (energy centers), and that two of them are the main focus in yin yoga: The root chakra at the base of the spine (represents feeling supported and grounded) and the sacral chakra just beneath the naval (represents creativity and sexuality).

Throughout my private class with Eva Estlander Yoga, I felt extremely relaxed as Eva guided me through the poses, which included pigeon, cow, half moon, and more. Eva was very attentive, offering gentle adjustments as needed, which further enhanced the experience. For the straddle pose, she encouraged me do three levels of stretching, which was made possible by utilizing a yoga bolster, yoga block, and a blanket. Each pose offered a nice stretch as I found stillness and enjoyed the solitude of the practice.

During the final pose, savasana, Eva incorporated two natural oils, which are made for the elements of the chakras in which we focused during the class. The scent of orange, as well as a nutmeg mix filled the air, as the sound of a singing bowl and hand drums created beautiful, inviting tones. Eva gently pushed on my shoulders and arms and massaged my temples and between my eyes as I lay on the mat completely relaxed and feeling rejuvenated. The sun had set, the night was silent, and I couldn’t have felt better.

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