It's no secret that yoga is in my daily routine, and that I like taking pictures of it. The more and more I post pictures, the more and more I get asked "What kind of yoga do you practice?" And the answer? Ashtanga Vinyasa! Mainly referred to as Ashtanga, which is divided into 6 series developed by K. Pattabhi Jois. Ashtanga is Sanskrit for "eight-limbed" which is what I am going to break down for you so you can see why I chose Ashtanga as my method of Christian yoga practice. The eight limbs are: Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi.
As you all know, I'm running an Etsy shop, selling Mala-inspired necklaces and bracelets. I have already written an article on what they mean to me, and they're about to mean a lot more. You probably all know about the devastating earthquake that happened almost a week ago in Nepal, and I want to use my success with Foxy Malas to help them as much as I can.
For those of you that follow and are friends with me on social media, you already know that I've had an Etsy shop open for a couple of weeks now! I'm so excited to announce this to the rest of you. I make non-traditional mala beads, which you can find here. These are inspired by the true mala beads, that are usually made with different seeds and gemstones (different colors), and each color and material is assigned some sort of meaning, whether it's to keep you grounded, to keep you calm, or to get rid of negative thoughts and emotions. They are also inspired by prayer beads, which are almost the same thing, but the name has a wide range for all religions. Mine, however, are still a bit different from the normal Mala/Prayer beads, which is why I call them "Foxy Malas"
Before I start making points, I want everyone reading this to know that I consider myself a beginner yogi myself. I am not a certified teacher or anything. I'm just a 20 year old that taught herself to do yoga at home. These tips are from what I have learned by trial and error. Hope this helps you out!