Saturday, 24 December 2016

Finding THAT Teaching Voice


I've been practicing yoga over the past 7 years or so (without counting the time spent as a kid performing asanas completely unaware that they were yoga poses!). Only until now it has become a "serious" thing to do. I'm formally studying to become a Yoga Teacher at Samadhi Studios Dublin.

It's a strange journey. I'm starting to see the bigger picture behind yoga just now. The postures have a whole new meaning to me and my body awareness is increasing day by day. However, I'm in the process of finding my teaching voice. Yes, I know it's there, I'm just beginning to hear it, and the experience has been completely astonishing. That voice is the same voice that has been guiding me for several years without speaking out loud. It's overwhelming to hear it, so my personality and fears take over when I intend to use it. I know it's only temporal, and I trust that voice will step out and guide me and my future students from now on. She lives within me and my main goal is set her free and let her do her job (My 2017 Goal).

I also know this voice is part of my connection with the Divine Consciousness known as God, but I'm sure this Force doesn't care about titles and/or religions as long as you connect with its centre, which is Divine Love. (I won't dig deeper on it, as that subject deserves a completely new post).

Teaching yoga goes beyond knowing how to do the poses yourself... It's about being confident to demonstrate them, and using your teaching voice to guide others towards the "final" goal. You need to consider your student's type of body, weaknesses and strengths, in order to tell them what to do next. I'm sure each student might become a unique master in your yoga teaching path.




Yoga asanas must be explored by the practitioner following the guidelines that are given to them by their teacher. Sometimes words are not enough to make a stiff body to move towards an "ideal" position. However, the thing that took me a while to understand, is that there are not "ideal" positions. There are only unique journeys to awake our Body/Mind Awareness, and the capacity to being present and conscious about our body, mind and emotions. 

How do you teach that?

I know I am very flexible, but many people are not, and I need to show them that that's ok too; because what matters the most is your inner process towards Awareness (among other subtle things). You need to explore your body in ways you never imagine in order to teach others how to do so, and that's what I'm doing at this time.

When you do a yoga class you explore your body alignment, balance, flexibility and strength. You start knowing yourself a little bit more, you get closer to your inner-self, from your abdominal core to your mind and emotions (not to mention the understanding of your chakras system and glands co-relation).

Some people do yoga as a body exercise or a relaxation technique (and that's ok), but the benefits go beyond that initial approach. When we do yoga, our minds also train to achieve stillness and self-control. Sooner or later we understand that our inner-self is there, just waiting until we silence our mind and let it be in control of our existence and Self-Realisation.

I think you don't have to do asanas in order to practice yoga and achieve Self-Realisation, but it's a much more fun way to do so. That's why the practice I do and I wish to teach is one ON and OFF the mat.

NAMASTE and Merry Christmas!

Sunday, 4 December 2016

The Truth About Movement & Awareness

When we question our lifestyle and beliefs (thoughts), willing to change our minds and find out who we really are, we begin to taste freedom.

I'm just realising this perspective after reading several sacred texts and experiencing life from another point view. Although my family didn't teach me any of these things I know now, their catholic answers made me begin this journey to dig deeper and find convincing answers about my existence.

Yoga and meditation have helped me to unveil parts of the hidden truth. However, even when we think we already found the truth, life can surprise you... The truth seems to have many levels of understanding and it can change from person to person. So, please read this lines carefully. I hope these ideas only serve you to awaken the sacred curiosity you need to begin your journey towards freedom.

Freedom is a complex concept, it can mean many things really, however, I see true freedom as the capacity to realise who you really are, to be self-aware of your own thoughts and know that YOU ARE NOT WHAT YOU THINK. That's a strange sentence, I know... but here is where everything begins to make sense. I made this drawing to express my perspective, in other words, my level of truth (which I'm sure is subject to change) at any time. This journey seems almost infinite.


Self Awareness - I am: 
This phrase is in the middle of the board because is the main reason of my existence, to be able to explore who I really am in the world. In my case, I think that I am spiritual being (living in a female body) playing a role in society. Again, this is just a thought, a perspective I chose to believe. I consider this my inner truth, and this perception can't be fully expressed using words. Considering this personal point of view, I presume other humans beings must be the same as me.
All of us seem to be trying to make sense of our own existence. How? Most of us agree to do it through our belief systems (consciously or unconsciously), we all do it, that's perfectly fine. And these beliefs need to be based on something solid. Let's say that the 3 most common pillars in people's life are: Your studies - Your job - Your creative project.

So we play our society roles through these and many others... We are free to choose how to play our roles as we wish. If we don't play a role related to any of these 3 pillars, at least we play a role in our family or friends group. That's the common way we organise our life in modern society. No problem with that.

What about Body Movement then? Why is it highlighted like that on the board? Because Movement is a GIFT. We experience life through our bodies. When we were children, we were in touch with our own body on a deeper level. We felt its needs and gave it what it wanted (as much as we could or adults allow to) following a sacred connection with it. We grew up and started judging not only our own bodies but others people's bodies as well. Our external image became an important aspect of our life, we gave movement for granted. Sadly, we became attached to external stimulus and forgot the true purpose of this sacred gift.

I would say that Movement is one of the most obvious equivalents of LIFE. We move with our physical body all the time, however, we forgot how to connect with it. We get sick because we're not being aware of the signs our body is sending us before being severe ill. We need to learn again to enjoy the movement that our body allow us to perform. We need to release the tension we hold in our bodies, and our mind is the key to achieving this.

There's movement coming from our minds as well as our emotions. These are like subtle bodies we need to be aware of in order to let go of tension and mindfully enjoy the gift that has been given to us: Movement.

Movement leads to stillness and stillness to movement, like the waves of the ocean, they are two and one at the same time. Movement and stillness are part of our nature on so many levels... 

That's why my passion for yoga has increased so much over the last years. When you start exploring your body through sequences of movement (and stillness), you know you're releasing tension, but you also realise there are many layers of awareness still to unveil. Many philosophies agree: Being fully aware of your physical body, mind and emotions is just the beginning of a magnificent journey towards freedom and self-realisation.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Let go of fear (Relaxation Guide/Story) - FULL Version

Sitting crossed-leg or lying on your back, relax your arms and legs, close your eyes and focus on your breathing, allowing your stomach to rise as you inhale and fall as you exhale. Breathe deeply for about two minutes, until you start to feel comfortable and relaxed.

Imagine that you’re walking in the forest. You were with your friends but suddenly you lost them. You are alone and it is starting to get darker. You can contemplate the sunset and the birds flying back to their nests, but you don’t know where you are. You’re carrying a heavy backpack and you’re exhausted. You want to go home and don’t know what to do. Fear arises because there’s nobody else around to help you find your way back. You decide to stand on a big stone and breathe deeply so you can relax for a few seconds hoping to find a solution to this problem. Your sceptical mind cooperates because it doesn’t have any other option, and you’re so tired, that your mind doesn’t want to argue. Your heart rate has increased because of the anxiety, but that mindful breathing you learnt on that yoga class has brought something new:

- This a popular mountain, someone will come soon and help you out, don’t worry! - a subtle voice whispers bringing some kind of serenity to your fearful mind.

You decide to follow this instruction and focus your attention on your breathing and that lovely sunset emerging in front of you. Nature seems to flow in complete harmony (if it wasn’t for this stressful situation).

-You are part of nature and you need to learn how to trust it.- the voice declares with kindness and authority at the same time.


The moon is shining now, you hear a noise from the bushes, and right when you thought the worst would happen, you hear your friends calling you! Listen to them! They have been looking for you all this time. You follow their voices and realise you were never lost, you just had to experience this fearful situation to get in contact with your intuition and true-self.

We need to learn how to listen to this natural intuition in order to let go of fear and make the right decisions at the right time. We need to make a greater contribution to this society, being aware of the roles we play as human beings on this delicate planet. A planet we all need to take care of.

Breathe once and again and feel your physical body resting wherever you are right now. You are safe. The sensation of fear was only a thought, a story… Like all the thoughts and stories we tell ourselves when we are not in control of certain situations. Intuition is part of nature.  Are you ready to let go of fear now?



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Friday, 11 November 2016

Yoga, A Path of Trust? Beyond the physical body...

Can you really trust the universe or God's plans? 
Can you at least completely trust yourself?

I recently asked myself those questions... I hesitated for more than a second, and sadly I realised I didn't fully trust Life, God, or The Universe... even though I wanted to believe it with all my heart. Why is it so difficult then? I knew my mind played a big part on all this of course...

We came to this planet for a reason we don't know, yet we decided to accept certain beliefs and create a specific reality for our own life. However, behind those beliefs and labels we use to define ourselves, there's something undeniable: The rhythm of nature, which lies in complete silence (without words or human thoughts).

There's no weight or burden when you live your life fully aware and without judging everything around you and within you. There's a feeling of freedom when you don't worry about the future; when you live in the present moment trusting the rhythm of nature; when you build the future from the present moment without anxiety or judgments. That's what people call mindfulness or spiritual awareness these days. I have experienced this myself, but only for a limited time (unfortunately).


It is hard, at least for me... For example, I can't believe how many doubts and fear I have when I'm on the mat. Especially since I began the yoga teacher training... I started to observe all my thoughts, my fears, and my judgments in high speed. Overwhelming! I noticed these are the same ghosts tormenting my daily life when I'm off the mat. It's all the same. Now I feel that yoga is not only about reaching complicated postures or being able to explain them to others. It's about sculpting your inner-self... It's about shining as much as you're ready to shine without judging yourself. Just giving your best and keep learning from your teachers, fellows, and even family.

I can't promise I won't judge me or others again. I can only promise to come back to the present moment each time I find myself being mean to me or to others. I can only promise to do my best, to practice, to improve, to fall and try again until one day I can find my own wisdom and continue the journey helping others; flowing with the magnificent rhythm of nature.

Namaste

Monday, 7 November 2016

The clothes you buy can make a difference in the world!

Eco Fashion means Environmentally-friendly clothing

Clothes produced by methods that are not harmful to the environment, designed to be more durable so they last longer, and considering the health of the consumers who will be wearing them, as well as the working conditions of the people involved with making these clothes; incorporating human rights elements to the whole concept.

Sustainable products have the following characteristics:


  • Eco-friendly (Non-toxic materials involved)
  • Support waste prevention (Reuse, recycle)
  • Raise Awareness (Awakens consciousness)
  • Unique and/or handmade (designed by local crafters).
  • And more!

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The products you buy have an ecological, social, and economic impact that you need to be aware of before deciding to acquire them.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Yoga Lovers on the Mat - Yoga Teacher Training

Since I was a little girl I love 2 things: Gymnastics and Writing. These 2 things made my life a lot more interesting. During my childhood, I practiced Gymnastics for a few years and discovered I could do amazing things with my body. Then, I started to read books and to feel this need to write my own thoughts, and, at some point, these became stories that my mind was able to create... So, I discovered the mystery and power of meditation and imagination. Moreover, I became aware that these gifts were provided by a special force in the universe. A force or energy that has many names assigned by humans, though even without implying any name, it would exist anyway.

Nowadays I still do both things, although now Gymnastics became Yoga, a more profound practice that unites body, mind, and spirit. I'm so grateful to this energy (God) and to myself because I followed my passion, and it has guided me to the place I am right now.

I've been practicing yoga since I was 22 or 23 (on and off). I can't remember the exact year that I started, but practicing yoga always has made me feel like coming home. It's difficult to explain it, but it helped me to realise many things about my life, and the nature of my body/soul. I'm still on this journey, exploring my inner-self and the true nature of the world that surrounds me.

I started the yoga teacher training at Samadhi last weekend. I can't be happier, I feel this is the beginning of a beautiful path. I love this practice so much that I really want to share the journey with other people. I still have a lot to learn, and I ask God to guide me towards my purpose, every second of my life, during each present moment, in that sacred space we call: Now (which represents much more than we think). 




Everything in the world is so relative and subjective, however, I found that yoga can help you to dissolve the illusions of the body and mind (if you let it). It can help you to connect with that inner strength, inner flexibility and inner balance of your body and soul, all reflected on each asana, meditation or breathing exercise you're suppose to do when your heart starts calling for it.

The course will finish in about 10 months, so this journey is just starting. We're a small group willing to uncover the mysteries behind our own yoga practice and our own inner-self. We're on this alone and together. I'm sure we'll make it worth it :)

Yoga lovers on the mat are definitely increasing every day, and I'm so glad to be part of that group!

That's all I wanted to share this week,

Namasté




Saturday, 27 August 2016

BALANCE, Yoga Practice Off The Mat! [Part 2. Being a First Time Driver]

Awareness! How can you achieve it when you thought you already had it?
It's not simple... Mindfulness has become the core of my yoga practice on and off the mat, and balance is the ingredient that makes everything a little bit more easy (or complicated if you can't put it into practice). Let me tell you a short story.

I started my driving lessons a few months ago. I haven't practiced as much as I wanted but I'm doing it at least twice per month. To be honest, it's taking me ages to feel comfortable driving a car. (Although it doesn't look like it in the picture below) :P




When you're taking driving lessons (or just practicing with somebody else help) you notice that every action you perform requires Balance. It's like another type of yoga but in a car. For example, you need to learn how to move the maneuver maintaining good position (not too much to the right, not too much to the left). You also need to change gears very often, and you can't change from 4th gear to 3rd if you haven't matched the right speed. You always need to be aware of all the details around you, lights, people, bikes, etc. It's overwhelming to pay attention to everything when you're learning to control the car! Multitasking and relaxation become crucial to succeed (even when you're not driving). I'm afraid I'm still in the process, I can't completely relax and drive safely. Sometimes I hate the gears and I wish I didn't have a manual car but it is what it is, and now I have to embrace it... like anything else in life.

I know people say that after some time, you learn how to drive without even thinking about it. That's wonderful, your mind takes control of things like an automatic pilot. However, this experience teaches me once again that yoga exercises happen quite a lot in our daily life (in many ways). We just need to pay attention to them and built awareness. Acquiring good balance will come as a result if we keep practicing and gaining experience in every aspect of our life.

Yoga exercises off  the mat are now my new routine!

Sunday, 14 August 2016

BALANCE, Yoga Practice Off The Mat! [Part 1. The science behind buying goods & services]

To me, balance is one of the most difficult things to achieve. For example, when you want to change your lifestyle, and support sustainability, you need to spend more time trying to buy products and services that adjust to your new eco-friendly ideas and needs. This might mean buying more organic, eco-friendly products or handmade accessories. However, I wonder, can you really achieve this 100% of the time? Should you feel ashamed when you can't accomplish it all the time?

This is the journey I'm transiting at the moment. To be honest, most of the time I can't reach the level of support I'd like to give to the trends I'm starting to follow and promote. I just want to share my thoughts and learning process about this new interesting path, and see what I can achieve from it.

This weekend I did my weekly shopping at Tesco and even though I wanted to buy organic products I noticed most of them have packages that can't be recycled! Can't you believe that? So, it's a bit ironic... I ended up buying some of the other products that weren't organic but didn't have the non-recyclable plastic package. How can I keep the balance there? Well, maybe I'll buy 50% organic and 50% non-organic. I'm still figuring this out, but I told myself not to worry about it. This is another yoga practice off the mat (there are so many!). 


There are similar situations, like buying clothing or furniture. That's why I really like The Rediscovery Centre project in Dublin. Sometimes you can't avoid buying products that are not eco-friendly, but at least you can reuse them in other ways, the idea is to avoid generating waste material so often. This project inspired me to buy a sewing machine so I can contribute a little bit more. Although I know I won't be able to amend or reuse everything, some things will end up in the bin... but at least I'll make my effort to reduce the amount of waste as much as I can.

So that's it... BALANCE. You do what you can do to master a balanced life! Sometimes you won't have the time or the easiness to make eco-friendly decisions but you can compensate that in other occasions.

What happens when you want to become a vegan to prevent animal cruelty? I think our society is not yet 100% prepare to become vegan (although there are many who already are), but we can reduce animal meat consumption until one day we don't feel the need of eating red meat or even cheese (which I can't deny I enjoy a lot). Meanwhile, I think we need to find the right balance. Do our best to have a healthy diet and allow ourselves to work towards the balance we need in every aspect of our life.

It's time to do yoga off the mat and find the balance and flexibility we need to be happy! 

Do you agree? Leave a comment or share this post ;)


Sunday, 7 August 2016

Choose goods/services, choose wisely!

I've been thinking about how often we choose a brand because everybody knows it or because it's "sign" of exclusivity or good quality. It's the way the world seems to work, but it's not always like that... Sometimes well-known brands sell terrible products or services!

I recently discovered many handmade products sold by independent sellers. People like you and me, trying to sell their own creations/goods. I used to buy most things on Amazon, but I've started checking other websites like https://www.etsy.com/ - http://www.madeitmyself.com/ etc.

Now, I want to start making my own goods or buy them from people who are making an individual effort to sell them. Most of these people (small business owners) are following their love and passion for something. That's the kind of products and services I'd like to promote and buy from now on.


I've recently decided to buy products from 3 sellers on Etsy: DaisyChainCrafts, ButterFlyDawnAroma and LittlePumpkin Store. These are amazing online shops and I feel so happy that I'm supporting them. Many independent sellers (in Ireland and over the world) need our support. Especially if they sell eco-friendly, sustainable goods or even spiritual/healing services (like Susan who is an amazing Reiki healer in Ireland. This is her website http://susanssoulconnexions.com/)

The online shop I promote myself is YoaGirl on Etsy Here, the idea is to sell organic T-shirts inspired by mindfulness, yoga, healing, and meditation.

The message: Breath Deeply and Let go of fear! 

This message means a lot to me because that's what I'm working on every day! I'm sure this is something many people can relate to. We all need to remember that things happen for a reason, we need to trust the universe and let go of fear!

Visit http://bit.ly/yoagirl to order yours!
I'm an online marketer and I love blogging. I've decided I'm gonna use my skills for good causes, promoting businesses that really matters or have a special meaning to me.

Even if your business is not related to sustainability, healing or awakening, there are other type of businesses which also help people improving their life and career, like English42.com designed for foreigns who wish to learn English from home. I do know the importance of *that* for non-English speakers. I also need to improve my English skills every day because my first language is Spanish, so I'm happy to promote this website too.

Today I'm writing about this topic and mentioning these businesses because I really like them. I just want to spread the word about small businesses (not big corporations). Sellers who deserve to be mentioned and promoted because they make a change in today's society

Well done to all of you!

Read next: 
BALANCE, Yoga Practice Off The Mat! [Part 1. The science behind buying goods & services]

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Calm Your Monkey Mind & Find Your Life Purpose

Do we need a life purpose to live in peace and joy?

I do think we need a personal purpose to feel happy and to be able to get up every morning and do our best. However, I know that sometimes we feel sad and anxious about things we can't control. That's why it's important to live the present (in harmony) and plan our future without worrying too much about it. We need to perceive everything as a gift so we can appreciate it. There's a subtle force within us and around everything that we need to learn to trust and listen to... However, knowing this doesn't mean we can achieve it so easily!


I'm still learning how to do that and that's why I write, so I won't forget what my inner self is trying to tell me. I recently receive a healing session (Reiki) by Susan Mc Cann in Baldoyle, Dublin and I must say I'm amazed by the power of energy and her channeling skills. Susan is so kind and can also help you seeing things from another perspective. The holistic world is immense and I feel that is becoming part of my life purpose.

It's difficult to choose a purpose in life when there's so much information to process every day, especially when you have easy access to the internet. We still need money to survive, possessions and holidays to feel that we've been rewarded, etc. However, I wonder what about our daily life? Are we too busy or distracted doing our jobs without having a deep sense of meaning every moment? What would happen if we didn't have to work anymore? What if money weren't necessary to survive? The point of these questions came to me so I could realise that we're used to be busy, distracted, active, etc... and that's why we find so hard to connect with our inner self. Our mind wanders in the outside world all the time. Yoga has taught me that... and I'm on a journey to find out what happens when you go the other way around.

Can you stay in silence for at least 10 minutes without thinking or feeling you have something else to do? I mean, can you really do that? Can you observe your own thoughts coming even when you said you didn't want to think about anything? Can you tell them to go away without falling asleep? Who is in charge? Your mind or you? Can you notice the difference?

This Buddhist monk explains the first step towards meditation in 1 minute. I find it very useful and similar to the meditation exercises we do after a full yoga practice.



This is just the beginning of a long journey for me. Meditation can go so much further than this, but my monkey mind is still in training! First steps are always necessary.

Hope you find this information useful to calm your own monkey mind ;)
Tell me if it does!


Saturday, 30 July 2016

3 questions to ask yourself about your yoga practice


This year I decided to practice yoga every day at home. It was a personal challenge because I knew my mind would try to convince me otherwise. I knew it would take a lot of effort to follow a flow all by myself, but I assure you it's been worth it. Of course, I also go to yoga studios from time to time, where I can learn from an expert yogi and check if what I'm doing at home is safe or not.

Last weekend I went to a yoga workshop at Hot Yoga Dublin and it was a lovely experience. Our yoga teacher was Lisa, and Jane was helping out so everybody could reach their maximum potential during the practice according to their own needs and capacities. I strongly recommend this type of workshops for anybody interested in improving their alignment and connection with their own body.

To me, yoga is the best gift you can give to your body and inner-self. The exercises or asanas you perform during a yoga session are like metaphors. I always think of them as mirrors, reflecting my own states of my mind. That's why it's good to stay mindful during these practices. Focus on your breathing and be aware of any thoughts arising during that time.

3 questions to ask yourself about your yoga practice:

1- What did you think when trying to do a difficult pose? 

Did you feel ashamed, proud, frustrated? We need to explore all the feelings we have during our practice because they can tell us a lot about our self-stem, confidence or even tendencies to narcissism. So keep an eye on then and notice how these thoughts relate to your daily life.

2- What did you think when trying to do an easy pose? 

Did you feel superior or better than people that couldn't achieve that pose so easily? Or were you thinking about something else related to the past or the future? It's important to notice our type of thoughts because they can show us where are we putting our attention so we can decide if we really want to spend time and energy on those things. On the other hand, when you don't think about anything at all and you feel almost like a robot doing yoga poses, it's time to dig deeper: Are you enough motivated and happy in your daily life? Perhaps you haven't established a strong connection with your inner-self yet and that's the job you need to do at the moment.

3- Did you feel the practice was too long? 

Sometimes we think too much about the time when doing yoga. It has happened to me. It's like: When is this going to finish? It can happen during a yoga pose or the entire practice! This tells you a lot about your own impatience regarding your daily life.

Yoga is about self-love, confidence, courage and so much more! It also keeps your body happy and helps you accepting yourself the unique way you are. Yoga is a brilliant master and a kind friend. That's why I decided to do Yoga every day.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Rediscovering fashion, furniture, paint & cycling at The Rediscovery Centre!

Last weekend I went to The Rose Festival at St. Annes Park and DISCOVER a particular stall that got my attention. I decided to check it out and, instantly, I noticed the amazing job they're currently doing and trying to promote so hard.

They gave me 2 pencils, one made of money (yes money, but you can't spend it! like the lady from the stall told me hehe) and the other one made of paper! They had sustainable clothing and yoga mats made of reused materials. Isn't that awesome? I was so excited about it. This project is based on all the ideas I support, and they have a team already working on it. I got all the information I could, I went home and I read all about these marvellous people who are making this happen right now in Dublin, Ireland.


It's really amazing! You can visit their website http://rediscoverycentre.ie/ and read more about them, but basically, they're leading change from waste to resource through Reuse, Redesign, Research and Education. So their main goals are:

- Prevent waste going to landfill.
- Provide employment and training (Rediscovering fashion, furniture, paint and cycling!)
- Inspire sustainable living.

They have educational workshops and activities available for children, teenagers and adults. I'd definitely give 5 stars to this people, and hopefully, I will join their next workshop very soon!

Please Like them on Facebook and Follow their news here!


Friday, 15 July 2016

5 Simple Tips to Change Your Lifestyle Forever


It seems easy to change your lifestyle to a healthier and more conscious one. However, when you decide to begin, you start noticing how everything around you pushes you to keep buying food that is full of sugars and fat. Not only that, you notice how almost everything has been made to make you buy the wrong food, clothing, pharmacies and so on... It's so annoying! Even some eco-friendly brands are just a mask... They could contain terrible hidden ingredients that could harm the environment. Also, you need to consider your budget when deciding to change your lifestyle to a better one.

I believe you need to do it step by step. It doesn't have to be all at once. Here you'll find 5 tips to start adjusting your lifestyle and supporting sustainability.

1- Reduce the consumption of red meat. For example, start including vegan solutions to your meals once or twice a week if possible. In any case, if you're eating meat, make a pray and bless/thank the energy of that animal that is serving you as a meal.

2- Think twice about before buying anything. Read the ingredients if it's food, or the material if it's clothing.

3- Buy products from local businesses instead of big well-known brands. They already have a lot of money and they usually don't follow eco-friendly practices. So, choose organic and eco-friendly materials every time you can.

4- If you can't buy products from eco-friendly sources, take care of the products you buy so they don't become a waste for the environment too fast.

5- Donate or recycle your clothing if you're not gonna use it anymore. It's a lovely idea that everyone should put into practice. Somebody will be thankful if you decided to do so, and the environment will appreciate it too!

That's it. Those are the 5 tips you could follow if you want to start changing your lifestyle. Of course, there are hundreds of things you can do but we're just beginners fighting against big companies that don't care about the environment, the people or the animals in the world.

Do you follow any other practice to support sustainability? Feel free to share them with us!

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Why spiritual evolution is so important?


Spiritual evolution is a concept that is getting more popular nowadays; however we seriously need to make it part of our daily life. If we want to achieve inner peace, we really need to achieve spiritual evolution.

Spiritual evolution includes achieving emotional and mental balance. It's not only about spirits and cosmic energy floating around us. To me, spiritual evolution is everything... even if you don't believe in anything at all.

Every day we do stuff; we work and learn new things; and every little thing that happens to us is part of the same big mystery: Spiritual Evolution. Nobody knows why does it exist, but we do know is important because it helps us to feel happier. It gives meaning to our short human life. It also helps us to experience a sense of purpose.

I recently found my purpose in life, and part of it's reflected on this page you're visiting. Yoagirl.com is more than an e-commerce; selling organic t-shirts that have been designed based on spiritual concepts makes more sense than anything else to me. No matter what religion you belong to, you can wear our t-shirts as a reminder of inner peace in your daily life. My sister and I decided to launch our first collection a few months ago and now we're beginning the promotion. The universe
knows our intention; hopefully, people will sense it too.

Please visit our shop on Etsy to check out our first design. Click here

Sunday, 15 May 2016

What is Sustainability and Why support it?


"In ecology, sustainability is the capacity to endure; it is how biological systems remain diverse and productive indefinitely. Long-lived and healthy wetlands and forests are examples of sustainable biological systems. In more general terms, sustainability is the endurance of systems and processes. The organizing principle for sustainability is sustainable development, which includes the four interconnected domains: ecology, economics, politics, and culture. Sustainability science is the study of sustainable development and environmental science."

This is the definition Wikipedia offers us and is inevitable to think this is really important when we think about fashion industry; but what does Sustainable Fashion mean?

"Sustainable fashion, also called eco fashion, is a part of the growing design philosophy and trend of sustainability, the goal of which is to create a system which can be supported indefinitely in terms of human impact on the environment and social responsibility"

This is the definition Wikipedia also gives us and we believe in that. Understanding more about Sustainable Fashion:

"Sustainable fashion is part of the larger trend of sustainable design where a product is created and produced with consideration to the environmental and social impact it may have throughout its total life span, including its "carbon footprint". According to the May 2007 Vogue, sustainable fashion "does not appear to be a short-term trend but one that could last multiple seasons, the very word season being up for grabs in a climate-affected world".


While environmentalism used to manifest itself in the fashion world through a donation of a percentage of sales of a product to a charitable cause, fashion designers are now re-introducing eco-conscious methods at the source through the use of environmentally friendly materials and socially responsible methods of production.

According to Earth Pledge, a non-profit organization committed to promoting and supporting sustainable development

"At least 8,000 chemicals are used to turn raw materials into textiles and 25% of the world's pesticides are used to grow non-organic cotton. This causes irreversible damage to people and the environment, and still two-thirds of a garment's carbon footprint will occur after it is purchased."

Now, our T-shirts have been made with organic cotton and we're printing inspirational designs on them. Join us to support sustainability and spiritual evolution too!