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July 19, 2016

Wanderlust 2016 with Sean Corn

Wanderlust 2016 with Sean Corn

This summer I re-charged my own yoga practice by going to two Yoga Festivals.  (Hanuman and Wanderlust.) It was awesome to be in a roomful of 150 people of all ages and bodies types moving to the same asana. I was challenged, inspired, exhilarated and moved to tears participating, observing and witnessing Yoga. Meeting one of my favorite all time Yoga teachers was just one of the highlights of the festivals. Sean Corn was so welcoming and gracious to spend a little time with me. I gifted her with one of my Chakra Gemstone Bracelets.

Returning home after Wanderlust-Snowmass, I reflected on why I began creating gemstone Yoga Jewelry many years ago (15) I began designing yoga and chakra jewelry as a way to support my own yoga practice.

Wearing jewelry, a necklace, bracelet or earrings that symbolized yoga encouraged me to get on the mat each day and also reflected out to the world my devotion to my practice. Since I’ve been back from these festivals I have re-dedicated my jewelry designs to reflect my own commitment to my Yoga practice.

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mudra hand jewelry

 
Just in case you were wondering, Why Yoga? He is a great article to get you inspired!
Developed in India, yoga is a spiritual practice that has been evolving for the last 5,000 years or so. The original yogis were reacting, in part, to India’s ancient Vedic religion, which emphasized rituals. The yogis wanted a direct spiritual experience — one on one — not symbolic ritual. So they developed yoga.
Yoga means “union” in Sanskrit, the classical language of India. In Hatha yoga, for example, postures and breathing exercises help purify the mind, body and spirit so the yogi can attain union. Yoga doesn’t discriminate. Even if you don’t believe in the spiritual side of life, you can still do yoga.  If you do yoga, chances are that you will feel its psycho-physiological effects. Moreover, the concept of union has a powerful down-to-Earth meaning. Yoga helps us get in touch with our true selves.
Yoga gives us control of ourselves. It helps cut through the layers of mis-identities that arise in response to our actions, experiences and feelings. Specifically, research shows that yoga helps manage or control anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back pain, blood pressure, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue, depression, diabetes, epilepsy, headaches, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, stress and other conditions and diseases. It calms the frenzy, clears the clutter and allows us to get back in touch with ourselves.”
 
peridot with lotus

lotus with OM symbol

Whether you pursue yoga as a spiritual path or for its physiological benefits, yoga is a methodology for developing a deeper experience of your self and the world. And it makes you feel really good.

I find that after a yoga class I’m feeling calm and at peace, so that as I move through my day I continue to feel that calm and peace extend out to my work and relationships.
I’d love to hear about ways Yoga inspires you.
 
To see some of my yoga inspired jewelry designs go to the Yoga Jewelry Page

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