Feeling Stressed? Try These 5 Simple Ways to Put Your Mind at Ease


In a world where ‘hustling and bustling’ is a way of life, it’s no surprise that your mind needs a little time to relax and unwind from the inevitable stress of constantly being on the go. But how can you put your mind at ease when you feel stressed or overwhelmed?


Self-care is key to living a balanced life and finding peace and happiness amidst the inevitable daily stressors. Stress is not good for our wellbeing and can lead to bigger problems down the road.


That’s why it’s so important to find ways you can relax, find peace, and enjoy life every day.


By taking a little time for yourself, your mind and your body will thank you! And while travel and spa dates are always nice, you don’t have to travel to a tropical place or spend money at the spa to put your mind at ease.



Here Are 5 Simple Ways You Can Put Your Mind At Ease Every Day:


1. Incorporate meditation into your daily activities

Meditation is a powerful tool for calming the mind and working through the feelings or thoughts that are causing you stress.


And the good news is that meditation comes in many forms, from guided meditation, to walking meditation, mindfulness meditation, focusing on a word or mantra . . . there are many options to suit your personal needs.


Interested in learning more about the magical practice of walking meditation? Learn how to with 4 Forms of Walking Meditation


Whether you use mindfulness to become acutely aware of the present moment, or choose walking meditation to get out in nature (another great way to put your mind at ease), meditation in any form will calm your mind and help the stress melt away.


The perfect start is with this Guided Pranayama and Mindfulness Meditation For a Calm and Peaceful Mind


2. Breathe!

When you begin to feel stressed, take a step back and focus on your breathing. You’ll be amazed at how powerful conscious breathing can be for calming and centering the mind. If you’re upset, stop what you’re doing and take a deep breath in and an audible H-A haaaa exhale out.


Do this a few times and notice how you feel. Breathing gives us life, but it also brings us peace and a sense of being in control. Pranayama, or the conscious breathwork, is an incredibly powerful tool for finding peace and putting the mind at ease.


Interested in learning more about Pranayama? Check out Pranayama Explained + 5 Techniques to Get You Started


3. Set an intention every morning

Setting intentions is essential for a healthy, calm mind. By setting an intention, you are giving yourself a purpose and a goal for the day.


Each morning when you wake up, take a moment to reflect on your day ahead – what are some of the things you want to accomplish? Be mindful to not jam pack your to-do list, but instead list a few key priorities that are realistic and don’t worry about the rest.


Going about your day from a place of intention helps you feel calm, in control, productive and less stressed. Set the intention of what you want out of your day: peace, joy, success, gratitude . . . Setting an intention allows you to ease into your day and will put your mind at ease before the day even begins.


Ever wonder why we set intentions in our yoga practice (and daily lives)? Here’s Why We Set Intentions



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4. Write your thoughts in a journal

Feeling a little frustrated? Maybe a little angry? Write it down. Don’t allow your negative energy to release into the world around you. Instead, write how you are feeling in a journal.


Writing in a journal helps you express yourself, and it always feels better once you get your feelings out. If anything in particular is bothering you, don’t be afraid to write it down – this will help you organize your thoughts.


Likewise, a journal can be used for positive thoughts too! What are some things that make you happy? What are you most grateful for? Focus on your accomplishments and all the good that surrounds you. Having a gratitude journal helps you focus on all positive things in your life – and that’s a powerful way to put your mind at ease!


Want to begin a gratitude journal practice? Check out our Top 5 Gratitude Journal Recommendations


5. Fuel your mind and body all day long

It may sound obvious, but eating healthy is crucial for your overall wellbeing. Fresh, wholesome food nourishes our bodies and fuels our brains. Nutritious food gives you energy and helps you feel good throughout the day.


Fuel your body with exercise too – even just 20 minutes of getting your heart rate up can make a huge difference in your overall mind xstate and ability to cope with stress. Fuel your mind with music! Music can change your entire mood! When you feel stressed, play your favorite song and take a moment to enjoy how it makes you feel.


Do things for yourself throughout the day that fill you up and make you feel good. Whether it’s a quick stretch or yoga session, a spontaneous dance party or walk outside, fuel your mind and body with good things, and you will feel good as a result.



You Have the Power to Put Your Mind At Ease Any Time You Feel Stressed

When you focus on putting your mind at ease, you are really focusing on self-care. Self-care is critical to leading a balanced, fulfilling and enjoyable life.


When you practice these simple ways to put your mind at ease, you will create positive energy that surrounds you and fills you up. And remember – the positive energy that emanates from you will fill the lives of the people you surround yourself with every day!


There are so many reasons to take these steps towards managing your stress, living your life empowered, and focusing on self-care. Replace your stress with self-care and put your mind at ease – you deserve it!


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15 Heartwarming Quotes About Parthood From Famous Dads


Michael Jordan said, “My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you want to do. And he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.’”


Prophetic words for such an iconic figure! Fathers are who we look to for strength, support, and inspiration. They always know the right thing to say, and dads have a natural ability to comfort and empower us simultaneously.


In honor of Father’s Day and celebrating the special dads in our lives, here are 15 heartwarming Father’s Day quotes from famous dads.



Celebrate Dads Everywhere With These 15 Father’s Day Quotes:


1. Dr. Wayne Dyer

“Parenting shouldn’t mean imposing rules or impressing others with your supposed intelligence and superiority. Keep in mind that nature never forces anything to grow, but is silently and invisibly ever present.”


2. Barack Obama

“In the end, that’s what being a parent is all about – those precious moments with our children that fill us with pride and excitement for their future, the chances we have to set an example or offer a piece of advice, the opportunities to just be there and show them that we love them.”


3. Justin Timberlake


“Fatherhood is the most insanely amazing, most beautiful, unbelievable thing that can ever happen to you.”


4. David Beckham

“My greatest achievement is my family. What matters most is being a good father and a good husband – being connected to family as much as possible. I adore children. I love the fact our children are a part of both of us. It’s one of the most amazing things ever.”


5. Will Smith

“The buffer provided by a loving and supportive family who accepts their children exactly as they are is the absolute best thing you can offer your children.”


6. Jimmy Fallon

“Thank you, Winnie and Franny, for making me believe that I could make my own baby food. I hope you like your beet and Swiss chard pudding. It’s made with love.”


7. Ryan Reynolds


“We could end wars if we just carpet-bombed places with baby-head smell”


8. Dwayne Johnson

“The greatest bond is that between a father and his daughter.”


9. John Legend

“You just have this little human that’s a product of your’s and your partner’s love. And I think that’s really incredible to see ourselves reflected in that little child that we get to raise and teach and nurture, and I’m excited to do that.”


10. Bruce Willis

“Your kids need your love and attention, and being able to devote myself to them is very fulfilling. As I get older, spending time with my daughters makes things much easier. You learn to put your ego aside.”



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11. Ryan Gosling

“It sounds so clichéd, but I never knew that this life could be so fun and great.”


12. Dave Grohl


“When you have kids, you see life through different eyes. You feel love more deeply and are maybe a little more compassionate.”


13. Neil Patrick Harris

“Life doesn’t count for much unless you’re willing to do your small part to leave our children – all our children – a better world. Even if it’s difficult, that’s our ultimate responsibility as fathers and parents. We try. We hope.”


14. Paul McCartney

“I love being a dad. I love every second of it and I’m not exhausted at all.”


15. Deepak Chopra

“A child raised with spiritual skills will be able to answer the most basic questions about how the universe works; she will understand the source of creativity both within and outside herself; she will be able to practice non judgment, acceptance, and truth, which are the most valuable skills anyone can possess for dealing with other people;


. . . and she will be free from the crippling fear and anxiety about the meaning of life that is the secret dry rot inside the hearts of most adults, whether they can admit it or not. The deepest nurturing you can give your child is spiritual nurturing.”


(An excerpt from The Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents)



Happy Father’s Day!

Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad. Take time to celebrate the dads in your life. And if you’re a dad, spend some time celebrating yourself today – you deserve it!


Happy Father’s Day from YogiApproved!


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3 Delicious Heart Openers You Should Get to Know and Love

What do a wheel, a camel, and a bow have in common?  They are each an incredibly beautiful and highly beneficial yoga pose!


These three yoga poses belong in the “Heart Opener” category of asana types. What is a heart opener, you ask? Heart openers are backbends. Heart openers are any yoga poses that lead with the heart (literally and symbolically). You are literally leading with your heart while you’re in the pose. Symbolically, these poses open your heart chakra, which physically creates an increase in energy. Backbends allow you to tap into your emotions, gaining clarity and control over your feelings. They build full-body strength, and increase self-confidence and trust.


Here are 3 heart opener asanas we love:


Wheel Pose or Urdhva Dhanurasana

This hearth opener builds strength in the low back, glutes, shoulders, and arms while stretching the hip and wrist flexors. It is also believed to help with things like asthma, depression, and infertility. Learn how to practice this pose




Camel Pose or Ustrasana

This heart opener stretches many hard-to-reach areas of the body including the neck, chest, abdomen, thighs, hips, groin, and ankles. It also strengthens the spine, glutes, and triceps. Learn how to practice this pose




Bow Pose or Dhanurasana

This heart opener helps with lower back pain. It strengthens the spine and glutes while expanding the front body and massaging internal organs. Learn how to practice this pose




We love backbends!!


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New Yoga Teachers – Follow These 7 Steps For a Successful Yoga Career


Now that you’ve completed your yoga teacher training (YTT), you’re ready to take on the world as a yoga teacher. With your yoga certification in hand, your focus may shift toward creating a new yoga career for yourself.


As a new yoga instructor, there’s a lot to learn! You just graduated with a certificate proving all you learned about teaching, but now it’s time to dive further into the business aspect. We’ve teamed up with YogiApproved.com to give you professional advice straight from the source!


Follow these seven steps to get you started on your path toward a successful yoga career:


1. Find the Right Yoga Studio

It’s important as a new instructor to begin teaching as soon as possible. The more you teach, the more confident you’ll become. You’ll begin building a student following, and developing relationships with your students is one of the most rewarding aspects of teaching yoga.


Teaching at a yoga studio is also an amazing learning experience. There might come a time when you’ll want to become your own boss and own your own studio, but by first working as an instructor at a yoga studio, you’ll get a better sense of what you’re looking for in your teaching career (whether it’s eventually owning your own studio, leading yoga retreats, finding your yoga discipline niche, etc).


Recommended Read: How to Find Your Perfect Yoga Studio



2. Purchase Yoga Insurance

Many yoga studios carry yoga insurance that may or may not cover the individual teachers, but regardless – you cannot always assume that you are covered. Being insured as a yoga instructor is an important safety net for the future of your yoga career.


Having yoga insurance keeps you protected in the event a student or a client suffers a mishap while in your care. And with more than 5,000 yoga-related emergency room visits each year, yoga insurance is an important step in safeguarding your career.


Suggested Read: How to Choose the Right Type of Yoga Insurance


Yoga Insurance



3. Create a Professional Website

In this technological age, everyone relies on the internet! As a yoga teacher, it’s where students can find you and also keep track of where you’re teaching, class times, and special events, etc. Having a professional website builds your credibility and helps get you out there. Teachers are found via online searches all the time for a wide range of opportunities, so don’t miss out!


Think of a creative name that describes you and the essence of your teaching, and reserve your URL. Bluehost is an awesome company to use to reserve your URL and host your website (plus it integrates with WordPress).


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4. Create Your Social Profiles

Just as you need a website to refer students and potential students to, you need a social media profile for the same reason. Facebook and Instagram are the most commonly used, and are two easy social platforms for you to share your class schedule and other upcoming events, but also express yourself as a teacher and gain more followers.


Teachers can connect with other teachers and yogis, and are contacted through social media all the time for a wide range of opportunities, so don’t miss out on another great way to promote yourself, build your community, and find students. This is key for a successful yoga career!


Recommended Read: 6 Pro-Tips to Grow Your Instagram Following



5. Build Your Brand

From your website to your social media accounts, you are building a brand for yourself. Your brand should be authentically y.o.u. – this is your opportunity to let your true yoga teacher colors shine bright, so you can attract the students that resonate with you. This is so important for your yoga career.


That’s why it’s important to go about all 7 steps with intention – choosing a name for your website and social media accounts that embodies your teaching method, and aligning this same method and branding with the types of classes you teach, where you choose to teach, etc.



6. Go Beyond the Classroom

Private lessons, special events, retreats . . . These are all ways to build your student following, make more money than you’ll typically be paid per class at a studio, and also diversify your teaching portfolio.


Many students appreciate the one-on-one attention they receive when they take a private yoga lesson. Offering private yoga lessons (here’s what you need to know about teaching private yoga classes) is a great way for you and your student to grow together. Yoga retreats and special events (weekend workshops, hosting a themed class with a live DJ, etc) are also excellent ways to create a name for yourself.



7. Maintain Your Personal Practice

It’s sad but true – often times, the more we as instructors teach yoga, the less we ourselves have the opportunity to practice yoga. Yet maintaining a regular personal yoga practice is the best way to keep your teaching fun, fresh, and successful.


Maintaining a personal practice not only keeps you inspired in your teaching – it also helps you stay balanced, grounded, and empowered in your yoga career. The more you practice, the better you are: as a yoga teacher, a yoga student, and individual. Your yoga career will flourish the more you maintain your personal practice!



Cheers to Your Successful Yoga Career!

When you graduate YTT and you’re ready to step into your role as a yoga teacher, approach this exciting time in your life with intention, focus, and determination. Following these 7 steps, you can confidently create the yoga teaching career that you seek. The sky’s the limit! Best wishes in your journey, and namaste.


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