You and Your Mala: Prairie Yogi Rachelle Taylor
How did you choose your mala? Were you drawn to a particular energy or gemstone?
I chose my Angel Wings mala on the heels of completing my 200-hour yoga teacher training in Baja, Mexico. During my weeks away, I did a lot of personal reflection and opened my mind to the powers of stones, the chakras, reiki, and even astrology. The message I received over and over again during this reflective time was the same: that I needed to connect to the divine feminine within me.
I was initially drawn to the simple elegance of the mala, but when I read about the power of the rudrani beads of the mala to manifest Shakti - the dynamic energy of the deviant female power - I knew it was the mala for me!
When did you start your yoga practice? What are some of the benefits you have received from your practice?
I began my practice 8 years ago after losing my dad to a rare, fast acting cancer in his small intestine. He had always preached that physical activity was the best medicine, and he was right.
My yoga practice has given me a place to grieve, to grow, and to connect. Yoga has allowed me to work through the dark to find light, to grow roots to take flight, to show me I'm capable of feats I once thought impossible (case & point: pincha!)
"My yoga practice has given me a place to grieve, to grow, and to connect."
What is you favorite yoga pose? Why?
I love crow & side crow! They were the first arm balances I learned and that feeling of taking flight - it's empowering & playful, but requires intense balance and focus. There's really nothing else like it.
What is your current favorite mantra or intention?
Right now, my intention is compassion and I practice Metta, the loving-kindness meditation, every day.
What is the best thing about being a Prairie Yogi?
Being a Prairie Yogi has allowed me to live my passion to its fullest expression. I get to share stories and create experiences for this beautiful community that is too often overlooked. We are resilient and kind - our hearts are as big as our skies and can warm even the coldest weather.
Are YOU a Prairie Yogi? Tell us in the comments below!
Prairie Yogi Magazine will be hosting Prairie Love – a yoga festival bringing together art, music + community on Sunday, September 7th 2014 in Winnipeg, MB. Check it out! http://www.prairieyogimagazine.com/p/pys-prairie-love.html
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