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Leigh tells us, GET OFF THE COUCH!

Feeling overwhelmed? Maybe it’s time to go take a walk!

Sonima recently published an article on Walk & Talk Therapy and all the benefits it has to offer. Leigh Weinraub, a counselor and athletic trainer, has been using this practice for over a decade now to help different clients and she assures anyone could benefit from it. She decided to try this unconventional method after her success as a tennis player and coach. She thought about how all her problems were solved while she was moving so she decided to give it a try with her clients. 

Leigh has taken this idea even further by starting her own motivational clothing line called M by MindinMotion. This idea was born out of Leigh’s passion for helping others become the best they can be. While coaching a tennis player, she made a shirt with the word “BREATHE” printed upside down so that the athlete could read it during the match when she became overwhelmed. The idea was incredibly successful and within weeks all her students began wearing motivational shirts with words such as “MOVE” and “STRENGTH” on them.

As described by Leigh, “getting your mind in motion will get conversation brewing, improve communication, move you more toward truth, get you out of avoidance, get you unstuck—literally physically, physiologically—and simply, improve the quality of your life.”

Even with our busy schedules, we should all find time during the week to go for a walk and talk about what’s on our minds. The physical activity and the fresh air can help free our minds from the worries or problems that are wearing us down. Give it a try this weekend and let us know if you can notice any changes!

 

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Will You #OptOutside with REI?

Yes, it’s that time of year again! Black Friday is already seducing consumers worldwide into making serious holes in their pockets. However, REI is taking a different hike on this chaotic shopping marathon. WhoWhatWearDaily reported on 10.27, that REI CEO Jerry Stritzke announced all REI locations will close for Black Friday - instead of working, he encourages his staffers to get outside and enjoy the outdoors!

"For 76 years, our co-op has been dedicated to one thing and one thing only: a life outdoors. We believe that being outside makes our lives better. And Black Friday is the perfect time to remind ourselves of this essential truth," Stritzke said.

REI will grant employees with a paid day off, and encourages them to step out and spend the day with Mother Nature. They’re hoping to get others involved by hashtagging #OptOutside on their outdoor adventures.  We love this and are eager to follow suit! We believe in the value of a little fresh air and we also think this is a BIG WIN in brand authenticity for REI.  

What’s your weigh in?  How are you going to #OptOutside this Black Friday?

 

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Our FIRST Kickstarter

We are VERY excited to tell you about our FIRST Kickstarter. It’s an app that wakes you up with 10 minutes of yoga. No more annoying alarm clocks, no more snoozing, just waking up calm, centered and balanced.

Picture this, you’re in bed, sleeping, possibly dreaming and you start to hear the soft sounds of music begin to play. It’s not an alarm so you do not want it to stop, you want it to continue. And then after a few minutes, the soft voice of a yoga instructor beings to speak. He/she tells you to start focusing on your breathing. Then asks you to start wiggling your fingers and toes and eventually moving into a full body stretch, maybe even a yawn. Before you know it you’re awake, on your feet and the yoga instructor is saying something inspirational to help you get up and go and be the person that you were meant to be.


This is our Kickstarter, this is "yoga wake up". We are seeking partners to help us bring this app to life. We want to get the best instructors, record them in the best studios and license the best music. The app will be free with a handful of free wake ups, but users will be able to purchase additional wake ups for a minimum of 99 cents.

So check out our Kickstarter, watch our video and if you like it, back us and maybe even share our Kickstarter with your friends.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kamala/yoga-wake-up

Thank you all in advance for your support!

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2015 New Year's Resolution Planning

HERE'S A THOUGHT: Let's start jotting down our resolutions as they come to mind so when 2015 begins, we have a clear vision of what's ahead and can take the necessary steps to MAKE. SHIT. HAPPEN. Below's a short list guaranteed to generate health and happiness! 

 

Courtesy of YOGASCAPES. Bali Retreat April 24-30, 2015

Go on a health retreat!  We are thrilled to have just begun representing YOGASCAPES, which will take students to Bali, Iceland, Nicaragua, Patagonia and a number of other destinations in 2015.  We believe in the power of a yoga retreat and plan to escape on one of their many offerings some time next year.  Deciding that you want to attend a retreat is a very personal decision - many people go alone and it can be scary, exhilarating and thought-provoking - it can help you get closer to self discovery and well, it can change your life.  

My 2014 resolution was to take a retreat and I went to India knowing only the teacher and one other person.  I created lifelong friendships and learned about the kind of person I want to be. Deepening my yoga practice was a bonus.  We highly recommend you indulge yourself and take the challenge.  It is such a rewarding experience from which you will grow, make friends and perhaps, find yourself.


Kick that bad habit.  For me, last year it was coffee.  I started drinking smoothies with Philosophie's Green Dream or Cacao Magic superfood powders.  I decided to make a smoothie every morning.  Suddenly that ritualistic warm brew no longer seemed necessary and what I craved upon waking was a green smoothie instead. 

This year, the habit to kick is driving everywhere because it's what I am supposed to do.  When I returned from Burning Man I felt inspired to keep the biking going and if I was going 3-4 miles or less, as I do almost daily, I ought to bike.  It's green, it's healthy and why not?  It allows life to slow down a little and forces us to look around (not text and drive) and SEE!  Anyway, it lasted about two weeks.  This New Year, I want to make bicycling a priority and stick with it.  Once it is habit-forming, I will forget I've got an alternate mode and save that for long distances and rainy days.


Finally, GIVE BACK.  There are so many ways to do it but for starters I want to volunteer.  I want to use my free time to teach, share, hug, love.  We all can do our part.  If time is an issue, give money.  There are also so many gifts that give back such as The Neshama Project, started by gifted yogi Rachelle Tratt, in which 10 percent of ALL proceeds go to one of two causes dear to her heart: Innovation Africa and Zeno Mountain Farm.  Support small businesses.  Support local and support friends.  The more you do it the more natural it feels.

The beauty here is that even if you only do it for a bit or you only do it once, it is for the good and you should feel proud and happy with what you did.


Please join the conversation and share your resolutions with us!  We can motivate eachother to stick with it!

<3 Kamala


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Monday Motivation from friends on the web

think BIG. start small. STEP NOW. (Wisdom from The Chalkboard)

Yes of course it is ideal that we at KAMALA write our own blogs, and we will...soon.  It has been a bit of a whirlwind getting this started and we are so happy that we are so busy and fulfilled!  So meanwhile, we wanted to share some Monday inspiration from an article we dug up from The Chalkboard Mag, one of our most cherished outlets that has shown major support to us (look out for a special someone from Fabletics that will guest edit this winter) since we discovered it earlier this year.

think BIG. start small. STEP NOW.  By Katie Horwitch

Courtesy of The Chalkboard Mag

Courtesy of The Chalkboard Mag

I GREW UP a sporadic yet impassioned journal writer – while stretches of months would sometimes go by, the entries would always be pages long, usually smattered with pep-talks, observations, and comprehensive analyses of the world outside and inside of me (surprise, surprise). And although my journals rarely followed any sort of through line or story if read cover to cover, my younger self secretly envisioned them being discovered in an archaeological dig years in the future and serving some sort of important purpose. Therefore, I wrote a short bio in the beginning of each and every new book of blank pages. What can I say, I was a history junkie with an active imagination.

In my journal from fifth grade, I wrote in my “bio” that I wanted to be a writer, actress, singer, model, artist, and teacher. Thinking big has always been in my DNA; my mind has never been able to wrap itself around the seedling of an idea without envisioning the entire oak tree standing tall and proud, providing shade and shelter and maybe even some pretty fall foliage. Even at a young age, my mind could not envision older-me not creating something bigger than myself; my head could not fathom being linked to one single career and not using each and every single one of my gifts and hobbies to their fullest potential.

Think big. Start small. Step now.

It’s normal to want to accomplish big goals and normal to want them now. They’re just so damn attractive, and most of us (myself included) are so easily romanced that we think we’ve got this, no problem. Just like in any relationship, when you enter into a new idea, new job, or new circumstance, there is this beautiful stage of initial excitement that you ride right away. But the ride that really takes you somewhere is more like a slow and steady river flow than a gush of water straight from the geyser.

After the initial thrill, new excitement always morphs into one of three things: disinterest or disenchantment (in which case the situation falls away as something that was never meant to be), blind ego (in which case you start to take the thing you once revered for granted, as something you’re entitled to or inherently deserve)… or a grand love, a developed and nuanced deep love you want to keep learning from, one that keeps pushing you and challenging you to be the kind of person you’ve always known you were inside. Going big right from the get-go rushes the process – which robs you of the reward.

Think big. Start small. Step now.

I love referencing my fitness classes in my articles, because I find that they’re chock-full of life lessonsand metaphors that actually have nothing to do with a pedal stroke or a bike that goes nowhere. I have been teaching for quite some time now, yet only in recent years did I begin teaching for my current company. In years prior, I’ve taught to one person and I’ve taught to sixty. I have had the stereo system die in the middle of my class and lost all of my music (I started rapping. Not my most brilliant idea). I have had my bosses audit my classes and have been starstruck when a celeb-to-me walked on in. I’ve, to my horror, slept through my alarm and missed an entire class. I’ve been reprimanded and I’ve been praised. I’ve been harassed and I’ve been asked for help I could not give. And let me tell you, I am so grateful I did not get my current gig right out of the gate – because the experiences I received in the years prior allow me to learn the very most in this moment. Starting small and trusting my journey back then, step by step, allowed me to be fully present and soak in each and every lesson – and now enables me to keep my heart open to all the lessons I know are still to come. I am still a beginner. Aren’t we all?

Getting experience is not about a popularity contest, street cred, or gathering up a bunch of LinkedIn referrals. It’s about…well, experience. You won’t know what to do when you fall on your face until you actually do. You won’t know how to manage major transition until you have to. Experience is less about your resume and more about your ability to navigate a range of scenarios with a fine cocktail of confidence, perspective, and humility.

Sometimes timing catches us off-guard, however – and we are given huge opportunities out of the blue, when we’re just starting out on our journey. We’re thrust into the spotlight, lights glaring in our eyes, making us squint and struggle to see through spotted vision. And when that happens, we must actively keep searching for chances to learn. We must seek out a strong foundation, even if the external looks big and grand. Because if not, we run the danger of burnout, overwhelm, or even worse – developing a character-damaging ego. We run the risk of being that person who gets pissed off when she makes a mistake instead of searches for a new opportunity from the rubble. We run the risk of becoming complacent – and complacency is the place where dreams go to die.

Think big. Start small. Step now.

Starting small and growing from there is one of the biggest gifts you can give to yourself. If you’re doing it right, whatever “it” is, you will mess up or fall short. A lot. But if you are not feeling lost sometimes, if you’re not learning something new every day, if you’re not slightly doubting yourself on and off, if you’re not botching things up or falling flat on your face or screwing up unintentionally as you boldly move forward in spite of all that – and on the flipside, if you think you are above missteps or are too good to grow – then it’s not that important to you and your path anyway. The best ideas and jobs aren’t sustained on an initial, huge gesture – they’re sustained on the small steps forward you take now and every single day to grow, learn, and be a way that surpasses the day before.

I will always be a goal setter and a big dreamer. It’s in my nature. And I’ve learned, seeing the big picture and the grand oak tree – knowing where you want the journey to take you – is a strength not to be discounted. But just as important, if not more, are those small steps you take every single minute to help your ultimate dream materialize. Every single millisecond is a lesson in the making, every single mini-step strings together to lead you down the path you’re meant to forge. As a writer, actress, singer, model, artist, teacher, trainer, chemist, entrepreneur, designer, archaeologist, accountant, chef, creative, best friend, parent, sibling, spouse, leader, mentor, muse. Maybe even all the above.

Think big.

Start small.

Step now.

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Love from our fave outlet YOGA JOURNAL

FABLETICS as featured in Yoga Journal's October issue.  Pick it up to be inspired by one of our favorite yoginis, cover girl Kathryn Budig.  Be sure to also check out the acroyoga feature.  We live for this stuff!

Shop the looks at Fabletics.com.

Shop the looks at Fabletics.com.

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WE DID IT!

We made our dream come true and now we want to share it with you. We have built this collective to work on dream projects for our customers, friends and anyone else in the fitness and wellness space.  

Quote byJohn Lennon via Teddy Saunders' DreamUs presentation. Image from http://eternoviajerodelyoga.blogspot.com/

Quote byJohn Lennon via Teddy Saunders' DreamUs presentation. Image from http://eternoviajerodelyoga.blogspot.com/

There are some exciting changes happening in our world today having to do with fitness and health. We are on the cusp of some pretty amazing technology such as the advent of smart watches and Apple iOS8 HealthKit, which are effectively altering the fitness community as we know it!  Yoga continues to be on the rise and is one of the fastest growing fitness trends, particularly because of our interest in spirituality and finding that inner calm among the chaos. According to Huffington Post, Yoga has become a $27 billion industry, with more than 20 million practitioners.

Wellness has found increasingly more importance among us, as we make more efforts to know what it is we are consuming and where it came from.  With farmers markets’ popularity soaring and the growing value placed on eating clean, we are finding ourselves in a really beautiful place!  Health and fitness MATTER.  

At KAMALA COLLECTIVE, we have taken our extraordinary passion for what's well and good, and created a place of business in which we can celebrate it!  We have spent years building personal relationships with fitness and wellness-minded brands and people such as yogis, trainers, journalists and influencers to help connect you all together.

We are thrilled to embark on this new journey and are excited to share it with you. Thanks friends and family for the support.  Please, if you are interested in sharing your dreams with us, drop us a line at letschat@kamalacollective.com.  We can't wait to work with you!

With love,

TEAM US

 

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