Sunday, January 28, 2018

Manipura - The Third Chakra

Manipura, the Solar Plexus chakra, is associated with the color yellow, and is in the third position of our subtle energy anatomy. It is associated with the following psychological and behavioral functions:

  • Expression of will
  • Intellectual abilities
  • The “accounting mind” that categorizes everything, assesses the pluses and minuses in life
  • Personal power
  • Ability to establish ideas and plans into reality
  • At higher levels, it conveys wisdom
The main function of this energy center, located between the navel and base of the chest, provides the momentum needed to move forward and realize our personal desires. It plays a prominent role in our control over our personal power. It helps us to find direction in life and determine the actions to take in order to reach our goals. It has influence on preoccupations about social status and self-image.
If you are struggling with personal insecurity or a disharmony between your personal power and healthy relationships with others, it may be an indicator that there is an imbalance in the third chakra. This can adversely affect your self-esteem and social life.
Imbalances in the third chakra can manifest as:
  • Excessive control and authority over your environment and other people
  • Or the opposite in case of deficiency or blocked energy: Feeling of helplessness, irresponsibility
  • Being obsessed with minute details, seeing life through a filter of plus and minuses while losing sight of the whole picture
  • Being manipulative
  • Misusing your power
  • Lack of clear direction, lack of purpose or ambition
  • Making plans or having a lot of ideas without finding efficient ways to realize them
When the Solar Plexus chakra is balanced, you may:
  • Be assertive with a positive intention
  • Exert your will in a way that leads to the expected results somewhat effortlessly
  • Have harmonious relationships with those around you
  • Refuse to let others rob you of your positive energy

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

7 Things Mindful People Do Differently

As yoga practitioners, we are no strangers to practicing mindfulness, both on and off the mat. In a rather precarious world, it is heartening to know that mindfulness is becoming a familiar word in our schools, workplaces, and homes, and that people of all ages and walks of life are learning and practicing simple mindfulness techniques. It is proven that very small shifts in our thinking can benefit our own well-being, and ripple out to others' as well. Here is a wonderful list compiled by Elisha Goldstein, Ph. D.

7 Things Mindful People Do Differently

1. Approach everyday things with curiosity - and savor them

2. Forgive their mistakes - big or small

3. Show gratitude for good moments - and grace for bad ones

4. Practice compassion, and nurture connections

5. Make peace with imperfections - inside and out

6. Embrace vulnerability by trusting others - and themselves

7. Accept - and appreciate - that things come and go

Until next time,

Monday, January 1, 2018

The Year in Review and a NEW Featured Studio

Happy New Year, Real Yoga Studio Tshirt followers! As we move into 2018, we take this time to pause and reflect on the past year. Our company, which originated in April 2017, is not even a year old yet we can hardly believe all the blessings that this experience has brought.
Among some of the highlights were honoring The Breathing Room Center as our first feature, the studio nearest and dearest to my heart where I earned my Yoga Teacher certification. We also traveled to L.A. to feature Black Dog Yoga, where Dan experienced his very first yoga class. We went on to follow part of the yoga festival circuit too, including Wanderlust 108 on Santa Monica Pier, The Asheville Yoga Festival in Asheville, NC, and Ahimsa Yoga Festival at Hunter Mountain, NY. We even traveled to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont near the U.S./Canadian border, where we visited Heart Space Yoga, our November featured studio. 
We have met so many interesting and amazing people along the way, and through it all, we realized just how tight-knit yet expansive our shared yoga community is. We have pen palled with author and Sun & Moon Yoga Studio owner Leza Lowitz in Tokyo, Japan, met and practiced with hip-hop artist MC YOGI and his wife, Amanda Giacomini of Point Reyes, CA, and shared ideas and good energy with countless yogis in classes, at festivals, and on social media.
Of course, none of this would have been possible without the trust bestowed upon us by our collaborating studio owners and loyal customers. Most importantly, we are grateful for our inner circle of family and friends who continue to support us in our quest to bring awareness to the sanctuaries that offer a peaceful space in which to practice yoga. As we look ahead, our New Year's wish is to continue to grow, reach more people, and bring light to many more studios. 
Our January featured studio is Be.Yoga of Avon, CT, owned by Kristin Cork. Please take a photo tour of this most beautiful and enchanting space:

We are also excited to announce that we now offer women's Tri-blend long sleeve tees. Feel free to shop our site for all of our Archived Featured Studio logos by clicking this link:

Our July Featured Studio is in Mexico!

Our July Featured Studio, Tribal Yoga, is located in Tulum, Mexico - one of the most beautiful places on Earth! To see pictures of and read ...