As a yoga teacher I try to live my yoga, but it’s not easy. What does living your yoga mean? Following the 8-limb yoga path. When people talk of “doing yoga”, what they usually mean the physical practice of asana. Practicing yoga isn’t about headstands, backbends or bending like Gumby. Asana as a physical practice is just one part of yoga as a whole. Any spiritual practice has rules and the first rule of yoga is that you don’t talk about yoga. Wait, no, that fight club sorry. The first ‘rule’ of yoga is Ahimsa, non-violence. Sounds easy right? Afterall most of us don’t go around hitting people. Ahimsa however means nonviolence physically, verbally and mentally. Not just towards others but also yourself. Now it’s maybe not sounding so easy. How many times have you said violent words in the heat of the moment? Or flipped someone off? Or thought negative things about others or yourself?
This post is sponsored by Mambo Sprouts and prAna.
Practicing yoga – Ahimsa
For me, practicing yoga means adhering to Ahimsa. This is one reason I am vegan. I choose not to eat or wear animals as it causes them harm. Plus it’s healthier for me, and better for the planet. If you are concerned about Mother Earth and the people and animals that inhabit it, then eating a more plant-based diet is the single biggest way to reduce your impact on the environment. Another way I practice yoga is using skincare and beauty products that are vegan, and cruelty free. Again no animal products or testing. Plus I try to buy organic, fair trade and sustainable when possible.
Supporting sustainable companies
More than ever, people just like you and me are seeking ways to spread positivity in our World. One way to do that is to make sure every purchase you make and every gift you give has a positive impact on our planet. One company that has this impact is prAna. prAna offers organic, hemp, sustainable, and fair trade items so that we can feel great about the things we wear. Hemp is such a wonderful, sustainable and eco-friendly product I really wish more companies would use it. prAna sent me the Rai Swim Tights (cosmo pink riviera) and the Mika Strappy top (summer peach). They also gave me a discount code to share in case my community was interested in purchasing some items from prAna, use the code MSS17WD for 15% off your order (valid through 7/13/2017).
The first thing I noticed on opening the package was that the clothing was super soft. Everything fit perfectly, so their sizing chart is spot on. Not only was the clothing soft to touch but so comfortable to wear. Practicing yoga was a breeze as I was able to move freely in the tights, and the top gave me support with the built in bra.
prAna Rai Swim Tights
prAna designs clothing that looks good but is versatile enough for any lifestyle and any adventure. It’s reportedly common for prAna fans to wear their gear to work and to go for a hike. I have worn my prAna clothing grocery shopping, walking my dog, and to yoga class. Plus the tights I chose are swim tights and perfect for an impromptu paddle in the ocean or pool should I feel like it. If I did want to swim or run in the tights they had a pocket at the back for keys, or cards. The most important thing about the tights is they passed the booty test. Not sure if you do this with yoga pants, but I always squat to see if they are see through on the booty when stretched. I did poses like downward facing dog, forward fold, and padottanasana and I wasn’t able to see my undies peeking through.
prAna Mika Top
The top was the most comfortable thing I ever wore. Simply put I am buying more of these. Soft, supportive, and chic. The spaghetti straps have a fun criss cross design on the back. Plus the scoop/open back. I’ve been working out in the gym and this top means I get to show off my toned muscles and I’m helping the planet at the same time. The top was lightweight and semi sheer which means it’s perfect for practicing yoga outdoors.
While prAna clothing is made to accommodate any adventure, the items are first and foremost mindfully made in order to support fair trade and sustainable practices. prAna actually has only one core belief, which is deeply ingrained in practicing yoga, and that is to give back more than we take from the world. Not only that, but prAna prioritizes giving back to communities all over the world. Again if you are interested in purchasing some items from prAna use the code MSS17WD for 15% off your order (valid through 7/13/2017).
Practicing Yoga outdoors
I’ve been feeling a little spoiled lately as we have a new park opened up near us and as the surrounding houses are new it’s not being used that much. This means it’s a little piece of quiet heaven right now. Plus it’s set at the top of the valley and the views are beautiful. It’s a great place for practicing yoga, whether through asana practice or to just sit quietly and meditate. If you haven’t done a yoga practice outdoors I definitely recommend it. Get out of the studio, and into nature. Feel the sun on your skin, the wind in your hair and be with the breath.
Do you have a yoga practice?
Are you concerned about your impact on the environment?
What ways are you currently practicing Ahimsa?