favorite things

Hi friends

Today I want to share some things I love with you. And I thought that I actually could do a series. Those are all things that I truly loved and am not sponsored or paid in any kind of way. But maybe you’re like me, always on the lookout for new things to try out.

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Those are some products I’m currently loving. Let me tell you a little more about each piece below.

houseofintuition

I got those organic sprays from House of Intuition in Los Angeles. They do have a website where you can order their products easily: http://www.houseofintuitionla.com

They have a huge selection of crystals, sprays and so much more. Last time I went there I got myself a couple of sprays. This time I went for “Awaken” and “Anew”. The “Awaken” spray is for energy and will invigorate and get you moving, breaking up stagnant, dull and negative energy. It smells like Grapefruit, Sweet Orange, and Peppermint. The “Anew” helps you to start again by welcoming new beginnings and positive change. This fresh, organic citrus aroma dispels stagnant energy to welcome newer and better vibrations. Great for resetting and centering oneself. It smells like Lemon, Geranium, Grapefruit, Juniper Berry and Rose.

I love to spray my face and / or body with it before practicing or leaving the house and sometimes just randomly during the day- whenever I feel like I need a refresher.

 

lightworker

I bought it at a spiritual store in Venice on Abbot Kinney but I’m sure you’ll find it in the internet, too. It’s called “Lightworker Oracle” by Alana Fairchild. This is my absolute favorite card deck. I have a couple of different decks and I love them all, but I feel most called to pull a card from this deck most of the time. It’s always so accurate and I love reading the message. It was created for those who want to connect with divine light, accelerate their spiritual evolution and develop their connection with higher spiritual guidance. This deck is perfect for you if you are looking to open up to the unconditionally loving higher worlds, walk the path of a healer, lightworker or spiritual mentor for others on the path of consciousness, or learn about spiritual light and incorporate it into your life, so you can live with greater peace.

Trust your intuition as you work with the cards. Before I begin, I like to connect with my heart and take a couple of deep breaths first. Then I think about a question I want to ask or simply ask for divine guidance. While I shuffle the cards I ask for the information I most need to know and that will help me the most now. Sometimes, a card falls out and I use this one. Other times I spread the cards out and just pull the one I feel most called to. Then I read the message in the guidebook and speak the invocation out loud. You may want to put your card on your altar or your nightstand to remind you of the loving guidance.

moonbodysoul

Something I’m absolutely obsessed with is Palo Santo. I buy it everywhere, but I love this one because of the beautiful moon phase print. I got it from https://moonbodysoul.com

I burn some palo santo after each yoga and meditation practice and also whenever I smudge my place. It brings in good energy and I absolutely love the smell. I’m now on the lookout for a palo santo infused shower gel or shampoo and also for a palo santo essential oil. I will keep you updated. 🙂

scoutandgem

I got this comfy moon crop sweater from https://www.scoutandgem.com

I love everything moon related whether that’s a moon print on the wall, moon phases on my palo santo or on a sweater. And this one really is one of the most comfiest sweaters I’ve ever worn. Magical!

soulzen

This crystal water bottle is something that’s been on my list for forever and I finally got one from http://www.soulzen.de

It’s infused with shungite and clear quartz which is amazing for detoxification. I take it everywhere with me. I fill it up every night before sleep and drink it first thing in the morning. You can choose different crystals for your water bottle- the possibilities are almost endless and make it really hard to decide. I’m sure I’ll get another crystal base anytime soon. I mean? Crystal infused water? Yes please! And this water bottle is also sustainable and helps reduce the usage of plastic bottles.

tropeaka

Lastly, my favorite night time ritual. Whenever I get ready for bed, I brew myself this sleep tea I got from https://tropeaka.com

They have a huge selection of all the healthy, vegan friendly and delicious supplements, teas and protein powders. I absolutely love their sleep tea. This tranquil herbal infusion  helps me relax and for a serene nighttime escape. It’s organically grown, vegan friendly, gluten free, non GMO and there are overall no nasties in it. I not only love how calming it is but also it’s taste. It’s got Chamomile, Lemon balm, passionflower, lavender, rose petal and some more amazing ingredients in it. Sooooo good! You can thank me later! 😉

 

Alright guys, that’s been about it- a few of my favorite things I currently love!

If you fall in love with something, too – let me know! I love hearing from you! Leave a comment, send me a DM @nataliasyoga on Instagram or tag me in your story. I love hearing from you!

 

xoxo

Natalia

Get A Good Night’s Sleep

Hi friends!

Today I want to share some tips that help me fall asleep. A good night’s sleep is really important to me. There are times in my life where I have trouble falling asleep and I found some rituals that help me fall asleep faster. And why shouldn’t I share them with you!?

Phone

I highly suggest to avoid screen time one hour before sleep. However, I sometimes like to use my phone to read something or watch something on Youtube. That’s why I activated Night Shift on my phone from 8pm until 6 am. This has been a huge game changer. I really can’t stand this bright shining light before I go to sleep.

Bedroom

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If you’re into Feng Shui, there are a couple of things you can do or avoid for a good night’s sleep. I’m not a Feng Shui expert but there are a few things I live by. No TV, computer or mirrors in my bedroom. If you’re interested in more information, just google Feng Shui bedroom. That’s what I did. I also don’t like to have a huge closet in my bedroom. I like to keep it simple. A bed, a nightstand and maybe a little commode or shelf. Basically, I just don’t like any distractions. This also includes keeping my bedroom tidy. During the day I leave a window open so my bedroom smells fresh and is nice and cool. There’s a certain temperature that’s best for your bedroom. I somewhere read that it should be somewhere between 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit. I also like to do my bed every morning. I sage it whenever I find the time, too. Just to get rid of stuck or bad energy. Sometimes I’m busy and forget but it’s a practice I want to incorporate into my life.

During the day

I sleep better if I exercised during the day and spent a decent amount (about an hour) outside. For me, exercising is every form of movement. Go for a walk, practice yoga, go to the gym, whatever works best with you. Going out for a walk before bed time really makes me feel better.

Before Bed

I am often too awake for bed when I watch a lot of TV or spend a long time on my phone. Chances are high that I read something that bother or excite me too much to go to bed. That’s why I love reading before going to sleep. Even if it’s just a chapter. I started meditating before sleep and this has been a huge life changer so far. I light a candle, take my favorite crystal and just sit for a while. Sometimes I listen to a guided evening meditation. After the meditation I often journal and get some things out of my bed. This is actually the most important tip I have to share. Writing about everything that’s in your head really helps me. Otherwise I often find myself lying in bed, thinking about everything that has happened during the day. Keeping the room dark, the soothing light of a candle, a couple of deep breaths- that works wonders for me. I sometimes like to add a couple of yin yoga poses and just relax a little. If you do have an eye pillow, put it in the microwave for a bit or in the oven to heat it up a little. I have a lavender eye pillow which I love. The calming smell of lavender really helps me relax.

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Beverage

I developed this ritual where I like to make myself a goodnight beverage. I love Four Sigmatic and their Reishi Mushroom Elixir. It’s really calming. I also like to make myself a little lavender tea latte. I brew myself a tea and add some lavender extract for those extra soothing vibes. Sometimes I add some Reishi extract, too. I drink it about 30 minutes before going to sleep.

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Crystals

There are several crystals that can help you with your sleep. Selenite, Amethyst, Rose Quartz and Blue Lace Agate are the most famous “bedroom crystals”. However, I wouldn’t randomly choose a crystal just because it’s meant to help with sleep. How do you feel? Do you feel anxious? Depressed? You might love a crystal with a loving, soothing energy like a Rose Quartz, Apophyllite or Celestine. If you feel overwhelmed and very airy you might want grounding energies and probably choose a Black Tourmaline or Hematite. I always keep a Selenite and a Rose Quartz in my bed and also a Blue Lace Agate and an Amethyst on my night stand. I also love my Himalayan salt lamp. I wrote about it’s benefits on another blog post (check out: Yoga Space).

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Fall Asleep

Once I’m in bed, I like to listen to a Youtube video. I either listen to some positive affirmations with Louise Hay, or to a guided evening gratitude meditation. I usually search for “before bed”, “evening meditation” or “bedtime affirmations”. Something like that. Maybe you prefer some white noise or nature sound with piano music. Whatever it is you like, there are a gazillion videos on Youtube. There’s also a timer on your podcast app that you can set.

 

I think those are basically the things that help me for a really good night’s sleep. They really helped me and can for sure help you.

As always, I hope this was helpful. Leave a comment, send me an email to natalia.schwarz25@gmail.com or send me a DM on Instagram @nataliasyoga. I love hearing from you!

 

xxx

Natalia