6 ways Gratitude will improve your Quality of Life

By Sonia Ribas Posted in Yoga, Lifestyle Thursday, 23 November 2017

It’s that time of year where we celebrate Gratitude: which means we begin thinking about everything they have to be thankful for. Although it’s nice to count your blessings on Thanksgiving, I encourage you to cultivate Gratitude throughout the year, as it will have amazing benefits on your quality of life. In fact, Gratitude is probably one of the most overlooked tools that we all have access to every day. Cultivating Gratitude doesn’t cost any money and it certainly doesn’t take much time, but the benefits are huge. Research reveals gratitude can have, amongst others, these 6 major benefits: 1. Gratitude improves physical health. Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and they report feeling healthier than other people. Moreover, grateful people are also more likely to take care of their health, by exercising more often and making better food choices.   2. Gratitude improves psychological health. Gratitude reduces a multitude of toxic emotions, ranging from envy and resentment to frustration and regret. By increasing the “good vibes”, Gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression. 3. Gratitude improves self-esteem. Studies have shown that gratitude reduces social...

Fall red light

By Yoginit Posted in Small Nice Things Thursday, 05 October 2017

Gorgeous nature display, amazing light, increible color.

10 Tips for a Healthy Fall

By Sonia Ribas Posted in Lifestyle Monday, 02 October 2017

I love changing seasons… the perfect opportunity to press the reset button and start fresh with healthy habits. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere like me, you’re saying goodbye to Summer and welcoming back shorter, crispy days and colorful leaves. Here’s my 10 tips to make this your healthiest fall yet. 1- Eat local and seasonal: the earth is wise and Nature provides the perfect nutrients we need in every season. Enjoy the fall produce that makes this season so tasty. Pick local, organic, pumpkins, squashes, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, eggplant, kale, pomegranates, nuts and seeds... and take in their vitamins and minerals. An abundance of tasty fall vegetables makes it easy and yummy to reap the benefits of a plant-based diet. 2- Cook at home: avoid processed foods and take time to cook at home, from scratch. This includes meals, sweat snacks + cakes… but it doesn’t mean you need to spend endless hours in the kitchen! For easy, quick and delicious recipes, check our Nutrition program Detox to Replenish. 3- Drink warm and hot liquids: as the outside temperature drops, we...

Organic Raspberry Chia Puddings

By Danielle Dunsford Sunday, 01 October 2017

Dairyfree, Eggfree, Vegan & Raw!   Makes 6 servesThese little delights can be eaten anytime of day- breakfast, dessert- just prep it the night before & you're good to go! Use certified organic ingredients so that you're giving your body the nutrients it deserves and always cook with LOVE!     Ingredients: 2 cups nut milk (I make cashew or almond milk or a combo of both) 1/2 cup chia seeds 1 cup raspberries & strawberries (I used fresh strawberries & frozen raspberries) 1 tbsp maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla paste   Optional extras:Linseeds/ sunflower seeds/ activated buckwheat/ nuts/ desiccated coconut   Method:Add milk to a large bowl, then add chia seeds, vanilla & maple. Stir gently every minute or so. Seeds will take about 15 mins to plump up. Then scoop a heaped tbsp into glasses and top with berries, seeds & coconut. Then add another heaped tbsp of chia mix. Finish with nuts, coconut & buckwheat. The nuts I used were ground up macadamias. Store in fridge covered in air tight container.   Will keep for 3-4 days- if they last that long! :) If you want to see more head on over to my facebook page, www.facebook.com/wholefoodmum   Recipe by...

“Begin to see within” Krishna Das for Yogin’ it

By Sonia Ribas Posted in Yoga, Lifestyle Saturday, 30 September 2017

This is a special one. Krishna Das is one of our all-time favorites: referred to as the "Rockstar of Yoga", he is probably the best known U.S. singer of kirtan-style music. At the 2013 Barcelona Yoga Conference, we sneaked into his soundcheck session, followed by an exclusive, magnetic talk. Amongst his insightful words, here’s my highlight: “Spiritual practices, like yoga or chanting, change the direction of your seeing, so you begin to see within. When you move deeper into your own being, you can find real love, real happiness within yourself”. Amen.

A Fall DETOX with Ashtanga Yoga

By Carolina Daza Posted in Yoga, Lifestyle Friday, 29 September 2017

Taking a stop to rest and rethink the upcoming season is a sign that we are moving towards the right direction. Our yoga path always allow us to take a break, breathe, and find samasthiti—the foundation of all poses and decide where we are going. The Fall is a pure vata season according to the Indian Ayurvedic Medicine. The vata dosha is the primal air and space element predominant in our internal body as well as external environment. According to Ayurveda, vata controls bodily movements with dry, cold, rough, itchy, and irregular sensations due to the Fall weather patterns that produce imbalances in our body. A detox is a bodily, mind and soul cleansing to purify and revitalize the toxins accumulated in our internal system. During seasonal changes it is most ideal to follow a gradual and holistic detox that allow us to give rest to our psycho-somatic body and recharge our immune system with new saatvic qualities—pure vibrant pranic energies. Using Yoga’s first limbs can serve us as a guideline to our detox. The yamas or self restraints especially applying ahimsa—non-violence to our...

Don't worry about what's outside of your control

By Yoginit Posted in Small Nice Things Thursday, 28 September 2017

Catch yourself worrying about everything, the whole day? Do something really simple: separate what's under your control vs. what is not. And FORGET about what you can not control. Out of your mind. NOW. Then breathe and feel so much lighter!

My biggest gift

By Yoginit Posted in Lifestyle Wednesday, 27 September 2017

On this, my 45th birthday, I think about a question a Yoga Journal editor asked me a few months ago: What is the biggest gift in received in my life? Without doubt it is my son, Ananda Lion. My wife’s family has a tradition of whispering the name of a newborn baby in his or her ear on the seventh day after birth. On the sixth night, we still didn’t have a name. Even though we both teach yoga we had made a pact not to name our child a Sanskrit name because it was so hippy. But our son had such a smiley disposition that when we were looking through a book of names, I closed it, looked at my wife and said a little sheepishly, “You know what? I think Ananda is such a perfect name for this guy.” She confessed she had been thinking the same thing. In that moment it was settled: we named him Ananda, which in Sanskrit means bliss. The Lion part comes in because the deepest bliss isn’t just sweet, it’s bitter sweet. Before he was born my friend...

Yoga is YOGA

By Elena Brower Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Elena Brower for Yogin ' it 

Nature is the greatest teacher

By Yoginit Posted in Small Nice Things Monday, 25 September 2017

Here's our intention for this spring season: let's honor, listen and feel united with mother nature.

5 simple happiness rules

By Yoginit Posted in Small Nice Things Sunday, 24 September 2017

Here's some useful, simple rules for happiness. May we add: 6, listen to your heart.

Amazing, inspiring story about Yoga Transformation

By Yoginit Posted in Yoga, Videos Saturday, 23 September 2017

Don't miss Arthur's inspiring story. Yoga can and WILL transform your life. For the better. Forever. Enjoy!

Share YOUR message

By Yoginit Posted in Yoga, Videos Friday, 22 September 2017

Yogin’ it is about sharing messages: both the yoga message and the individual messages of you all, incredible valuable members of the community. Each of us is here for a different reason, but we all have something in common: yoga makes us better. Our messages are different and unique: if we share them, we will inspire each other and grow. As many of you know, during our interviews with inspiring yogis from around the world, we always end with the same question: "What is your MESSAGE for the community?". We get lots of different, beautiful, empowering messages. Here's the first mix of those inspiring, refreshing messages: for yogis, by yogis. Annie Carpenter, Elena Brower, Shiva Rea, Deepak Chopra, Eoin Finn, Lauren Imparato, Dana Flynn, Twee Merrigan, David Swenson and Ray Rizzo. And now, over you you. What is your message for the Global Yoga Community? we'd love to hear!

Vedanta talk with John Weddepohl

By Rachel Zinman Posted in Yoga, Videos Thursday, 21 September 2017

Meet Yogin' it family member John Weddepohl, Yoga and Vedanta teacher, sharing a short introduction to Self knowledge and the Nature of This I. 

Savasana: the movie

By Yoginit Posted in Yoga, Humor Time, Videos Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Super funny video regarding the loved savasana time :)

Yoga Harlem Shake

By Yoginit Posted in Yoga, Humor Time, Videos Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Harlem Shake fun! :) oooh yeaaah

The beauty of sharing

By Sonia Ribas Monday, 18 September 2017

I always try to encourage my 18-month-old Eric to share with others, and try to make him understand why sharing is good. In this case, nothing had to be explained: nature took over. The innocence of childhood + the simplicity of nature = the beauty of sharing. Music by our Yogin' it Fam members Edo and Jo.

Pick-me-up Superfood Smoothie

By Irina Verwer Posted in Food, Glorious Food Sunday, 17 September 2017

Sometimes, there are days when your energy is low, for whatever reason.Might be that the weather is grey or might be that you've slept too little. For me, today I needed a little extra boost 'cause I've been typing and typing my upcoming article for Yoga Magazine all afternoon. On days like these, try this superfood smoothie for an extra boost!It contains matcha, which is super healthy (read more about matcha here), but also wheatgrass, maca and lucuma to provide you with lots of energy. Plus, it tastes amazing!1 – 2 tsp matcha powder1 tsp lucuma1 tsp maca1 tsp wheatgrass powder2 very ripe bananas2 cups ricemilkPut all ingredients in the above mentioned order in a blender. Blend! Or use an immersion blender, that’ll work just as well. Want to enjoy more healthy, yogic & yummy recipes? You can find lots of them in Irina's yogic cookbook 'Kopstand in de Keuken' ('Headstand in the Kitchen'): http://www.irinaverwer.com/blog/kopstand-in-de-keuken/ 


By Yoginit Posted in Small Nice Things Saturday, 16 September 2017

We are always focused on learning... but are we able to let go of something every day?

I just want to fly! Dial in your Crow Pose with Eoin Finn

By Yoginit Posted in Yoga Friday, 15 September 2017

Crow pose is a deeply invigorating pose…  unless you don’t know how to do it, that is. Then it’s a terrifying journey into the fear of falling face first on the ground with no hands to brace you. Luckily, there is a way to finesse this pose. Once you see the technique you will realize it isn’t a big labor of Hercules and definitely not terrifying. Here goes: 1- Set up phase: (Photo 1) Start in a squat placing the hands on the floor shoulder width distance apart. Bend the elbows and place the knees on the back of the upper arms ideally way up near the armpits. A common mistake is to not bend the arms and place the knees on straight arms so they just slip off. It’s like rock-climbing with no toe hold. Lift the hips higher than the shoulders and make sure your gaze is forward about 10 inches in front of the hands 2- Lift off phase (Photo 2) Remember this pose is a counterbalance between the weight of the hips and the weight of the upper body. Have fun. Keeping...

My mantra

By Yoginit Posted in Yoga, Lifestyle Thursday, 14 September 2017

I repeat our Blissology Hammock Enlightenment Mantra often. Love feels to me like a force in the universe like gravity or electromagnetism. When we get relaxed and present like when we are alone in the beauty of nature or at the end of savasana our bodies, minds and hearts become an antenna to pick up this signal. This is what inspires my life and my teaching. The Mantra goes: Blissology Hammock Enlightenment Mantra “We want to make the world a better place,By slowing down our frenetic pace,By doing so we make a space,To open up to Love and Grace”    Eoin Finn for Yogin' it Photo: Mike Bernard

Make happiness a habit

By Yoginit Posted in Lifestyle, Small Nice Things Wednesday, 13 September 2017


Alternate nostril breathing

By Yoginit Posted in Yoga, Small Nice Things Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Nice simple drawing of alternate nostril breathing. Remember to change sides when your lungs are full with air. OOOOM

Illusions of the mind

By Yoginit Posted in Small Nice Things Monday, 11 September 2017

Sometimes this might be difficult to understand but it is so true... problems are nothing but illusions of the mind. #foodforthought

Yogi panda

By Yoginit Posted in Small Nice Things Sunday, 10 September 2017

This picture has melted our hearts... we love this yogi panda!