1. A meditation bracelet is a great tool to help you practice mindfulness in your everyday life. It can also serve as an anchor to the present moment, helping focus the mind during meditation. 

    After a recent How-To Post I wrote for the Hello Holiday blog, a friend requested that I make her a bracelet. I asked her a few questions and set off to create a piece of beautiful, mindful jewelry.

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    I sent her a handwritten note explaining the materials and their significance. It’s made out of reconstituted stone - little pieces that are glued back together. A reminder of how beautiful transformation can be and that we can always pull ourselves back together although it may be in a new or different way. 

    The beads almost look like little globes. A reminder to never stop exploring the world - whether it’s literally traveling or just opening yourself up to learning as much as you can from every encounter and experience. 

    The blue color represents emotional healing and balance. It radiates peace and calm. The yellow is bright and uplifting. A reminder to share your light with everyone around you. The green represents growth. In terms of the chakras - the subtle energy centers in the physical body associated with different aspects of our life - these colors represent creativity, passion, speaking truth, intuition and the heart. 

    Interested in a custom mediation bracelet for yourself or as a gift? Email me at stefanie@welcoryga.com for more info. Prices start around $35.

  2. "The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience." -Eleanor Roosevelt

    "The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience." -Eleanor Roosevelt

  3. The Right Way to Do Chaturanga

    I see students confused about how to do this pose correctly all the time. Here are a few simple tips. Hope it’s helpful!

  4. Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
    Dalai Lama
  5. "You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude." -Eleanor Roosevelt

    "You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude." -Eleanor Roosevelt

  6. Astral Insights for the New Moon July 26

    I was never big into astrology until I came across this site and was struck by how many parallels there were between the energy in the cosmos and what was going on in my own life. Now it’s my go-to before every new or full moon.

    Check out insights for the upcoming new moon. Good stuff in store!

    “There’s a lot of cosmic backing to take risks to be real, vulnerable or take a chance on a creative dream.”

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    Know whatever you’re going through, it’s only temporary. Know that in the end our lives trend towards balance. Sometimes we have highs. Sometimes we have lows. That’s just how it goes. So what now? 

    Allow yourself to be sad or frustrated if that’s what you’re feeling. Don’t waste time justifying why you should or shouldn’t feel that way. Just feel it. Then let it out. Find some type of constructive, or at least harmless, outlet. Maybe you need to journal, exercise, meditate, walk the dog or just roll up the car windows and scream at the top of your lungs (yes, I’ve done that). Whatever you do, don’t hold it in.

    Try not to wallow. At some point you have to let it go. Or be dragged. That doesn’t mean you just forget about whatever it is that upset you. It means when you start to think about it you can take a moment to acknowledge your feelings and then move on. Imagine the thought or feeling like a cloud floating through the sky. Then watch it blow away.

    Take a moment to appreciate the things that are good. There’s still some things you can be grateful for. Make a mental list. Nothing is too small. 

    Then shift your focus to what’s ahead. Know that there truly are far better things ahead of us than any we leave behind. I can attest to this in my work and personal life so many times over. So many painful endings turned into amazing new beginnings that I never could’ve dreamed of. Don’t lose sight of where you’re headed. That’ll make it easier to remember that this is only your current circumstance, not your forever circumstance. 

  8. Sunrise on the road to Colorado.

    Sunrise on the road to Colorado.

  9. An update from the nest in the hanging flower basket on our front porch. They hatched one week ago! Now you can see their beaks. They move around a little bit, but they’re not making any noises yet. Here’s last week’s photo from when they were just hatching.

    An update from the nest in the hanging flower basket on our front porch. They hatched one week ago! Now you can see their beaks. They move around a little bit, but they’re not making any noises yet. Here’s last week’s photo from when they were just hatching.

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