10 Favorite Yoga Quotes

I love quotes! I also love yoga, so I thought 'why not pick out my favorite quotes about yoga and share them with you?' I hope you find at least 1 quote here that you really resonate with!

10 Favorite Yoga Quotes

  1. "You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state." - Sharon Gannon
  2. "Come to your yoga mat to feel, not to accomplish." - Rachel Brathen
  3. "The hardness of a diamond is part of its usefulness, but its true value is in the light that shines through it." - B.K.S. Iyengar
  4. "Yoga is an internal practice. The rest is just a circus." - Sri Pattabhi Jois
  5. "By our stumbling, the world is perfected." - Yogi Bhajan
  6. "While pain may be the catalyst that brings us to yoga practice, it is joy that renews our commitment." - Donna Farhi
  7. "The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures, but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships." - T.K.V. Desikachar
  8. "The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in." - B.K.S. Iyengar
  9. "If I can't wear yoga pants, I'm not going." - Anonymous
  10. "The point of practicing asanas is to become sensitive, attuned, and adaptable. Whether we attain great gymnastic abilities becomes entirely inconsequential in the context of yoga as a life practice. If we become enamored with the performance of advanced postures and fix our identity on these achievements, we have simply replaced one false identity with another." - Donna Farhi

Simple Pleasure of the Week: Exploring

I know this is a picture from our Bali trip but you don't have to take an exotic vacation to enjoy this week's simple pleasure. Explore your own town, take a day trip to a neighboring community, have brunch somewhere new, or discover a new neighborhood. I love taking drives and finding a new road along the ocean, or a house I've never noticed. My favorite way to explore is on foot, or by bicycle so you have the time to notice everything. Happy Weekend!

Making Small Changes to Make Big Changes

How do we begin making the big changes we want to make in life? How do we break old behavior patterns and beliefs that hold us back from our life goals? This is a topic I've been thinking a lot about, and one day recently I realized something. All of our small behaviors, habits, every corner of our lives is connected to the larger part of our lives. We can make small, seemingly achievable changes to make big changes, and the small seemingly insignificant bad habits we carry are often signs of the very barriers that hold us back. If you're feeling powerless or out of control in your life, connect with a regular practice in which you feel a sense of mastery. It could be gardening, or knitting, or sports. If you are trying to be extraordinary in your career, you must adopt extraordinary habits in your daily life. Wake early, be intentional about how you spend your time. Be disciplined, learn about unique subjects, and do things few people are doing. If you want to be a better person, begin by picking up garbage, or smiling at those you pass on the street. Begin with small acts of kindness, until you feel kind, until you are better. If you want to command a company one day, it's going to be hard to feel truly powerful enough to do so if you engage in relationships that leave you feeling disempowered. It's all connected. If you're having trouble achieving something, look to your daily routines, habits, and relationships for clues to your barriers and as the opportunity for making the changes you want to make. 

The first step is taking an honest inventory of how you spend your time, the parts of your life which you feel most proud of, and the parts you feel less proud of. Observe your day-to-day habits for the next week and make a list of areas you could improve. For example, if you stay up late on the weekends drinking or playing video games, and sleep half the morning away, it's unlikely that you will truly be efficient or disciplined in the other areas of your life. Perhaps the drinking or late night video games truly make you happy. In that case, it may be about looking at some other habit that doesn't contribute to your life or serve you seeing what you can change about it. This idea is not about being overly self-critical, it's simply about looking at our habits with objective eyes. Assessing where we can improve, and making the changes necessary. 

 

 

Happy Weekend!

I'm in Bali, after 1 and a half weeks of yoga yoga yoga and I have to say, it really feels like yoga gives you super powers. Just on a physical level, over time, with continued effort, my body can do things I never thought possible when I started this journey. I've become so much stronger mentally, emotionally, and physically. And so, I thought this quote so appropriate for this week. Yoga gives you superpowers! Happy Weekend!

Happy Weekend!

This is a lesson I've only learned in my 30's. I've always been a dreamer and a thinker, living mostly in my head, but the true magic happens when you take action. The dreaming and the thinking is so important but it's only half the battle. Changes must happen on an energetic, physical level, so taking action is crucial. Taking action may be as simple as a daily visualization practice, or changing your morning/weekly routines. This concept doesn't have to be a crazy step-by-step action plan, but rather about finding ways to put physical energy towards the things you want in life consistently, and over time. Happy Weekend lovelies!

Vacation Time

Hey all! While I'm taking a little break in Bali, Happiness Collective will be taking a little break as well. Regular posts every Wednesday and Friday will begin again April 18th. Until then, I've picked quotes of the week to keep you inspired! Thanks for understanding and keep an eye on instagram for up to date pics of our Bali vacation! Love and Thanks- Ashley

10 Habits that Drain our energy

I've become more aware of how my habits affect moods, emotions, and energy. These are 10 habits that I've found to be energy vampires. I try to avoid these habits now, but sometimes it's hard to do. See if any of these habits resonate with you and make changes to your lifestyle accordingly. Hope this list is helpful. 

Make these changes to harness the Spring Season's Energy

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We are probably more disconnected from the earth than we've ever been. We use electricity to stay up past sunset, heaters to keep us warm in the winter and air conditioners to keep us cool in the summer. We can eat whatever produce we want whenever we want thanks to trucks and planes that transport food all over the world. We used to live our lives based on environmental changes. We would wake with the sun, go to bed with the moon, eat foods according to what would grow that season, fish with the tides, and plant crops according to the moon cycle. There's something beautiful about living this way and I'd like to begin living with the earth rather than separate from it. 

With the Spring Equinox and the mark of this new season, I thought there was no better time to start connecting with the earth than now. Spring has always marked the idea of rebirth as the earth wakes up from its winter hibernation. Spring is a time for new beginnings, for creativity, vibrancy, and for cleansing the mind body and spirit. Just as the earth is cleansed with spring rains, we too need to cleanse ourselves from what's accumulated throughout the winter months. Spring Cleaning really is a thing. Below are Ayurvedic tips for harnessing the spring's energy:

  • Diet: Eat lighter. Spring is a time to cleanse the body from what's accumulated during winter so as the temperatures warm up it's recommended to reach for lighter foods. Eat lots of veggies, fruits, legumes and grains like quinoa. Drink warm teas or hot water with lemon and honey. This is also a great time to incorporate more bitter greens like dandelion greens or kale. Use your diet to battle the excess mucous and weight that may have accumulated during winter. Spring is also a great time to practice some type of cleanse whether it be a juice cleanse, full-on fast, or just cleaning up the your diet. 
  • Exercise: Get your body moving in the morning to jumpstart your metabolism and ignite your inner fire. Push yourself a bit but not too hard during the spring. You want to jumpstart the body's cleansing process without pushing yourself off balance. Spring is all about a lighthearted energy so bringing that energy to your exercise routines would serve you best during this season. 
  • Lifestyle Routines: This season is a time for early waking. It's recommended you wake with the sunrise in the Spring (5:30-6:30am) and jumpstart your morning with an energizing routine. This season is a great time to begin a morning pranayama (breathwork) practice, read something inspiring, or begin writing morning pages in your journal. Kapalbhati or ujjayi breath would be the best breathing techniques to clear out mucous and open your breathways for the day. 
  • Personal Growth: Spring is a time for new beginnings, vibrancy, and creativity. It may be a wonderful time to begin a new chapter in your life, work on a creative project, or set life goals. Spring is a time to create new space after the winter hibernation, and to fill that space with positivity. Start new projects, but try to maintain balance. If you work too hard, you may unknowingly be filling the space created by spring with stress or negative energy. Create healthy routines for yourself to ensure you maintain balance and positivity throughout this season. 

This one habit could be preventing your happiness

I was recently talking with someone who was reading The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz. We began discussing the four agreements which are 1. Be impeccable with your word 2. Don't take anything personally 3. Don't make assumptions 4. Always do your best. 

Agreement number 2, don't take anything personally stuck out to me the most. This is so hard to do, and one that I am guilty of breaking all too often. Primarily, I believe we connect this agreement to mean don't take others' actions or words personally, but how about events. We don't get hired for a job and so often we think it's about us, that we're not good enough. Seemingly bad things happen and we ask "why me?", blaming the universe for not being on your side. Too often we make things personal, we take them personally. Too often we go to a place where we think others' actions, or negative events are because we said something wrong, or weren't good enough. How much suffering could we avoid if we could stop taking things personally? How much suffering could we avoid if we realized that others' judgements about us are more often a reflection of what's inside them rather than what's inside us? How much suffering could we avoid if we realized that we don't know it all, and what seems like a negative event in the moment might actually turn out to be a positive in the long-run? Whenever I find myself in a negative headspace, telling myself negative stories, feeling sorry for myself, or resentful towards others, I find I'm taking things personally. Stopping and bringing awareness that I'm taking things personally is often enough to shift my headspace and mood. Realizing when you're taking things personally can help to break the illusion that your thoughts are reality. So this weekend, if you find yourself angry, bitter, resentful, or just feeling sorry for yourself, see if you might be taking things personally and it may just help to prevent the onset of your next bad mood. Happy Weekend!