Thursday, 24 September 2015

Heart & Lotus

We're back - yes it's been awhile since we posted and we can't wait to share with you all that's been going on over the last few months. To get the ball rolling, we have a fabulous interview with a local BC jewelry company called Heart & Lotus. This fair trade local company is owned and operated by Kim Green and here's what inspires her......

1. Tell us about you and your business?
I believe our capacity for joy is limitless and that life is supposed to be fun. I live my life and run my business in a way that feels good and is in line with my heart. The name of my company (Heart and Lotus) is reflective of this, and what I do: design jewelry to uplift and inspire. Each piece I design is paired with a positive affirmation and meaningful message to be used as a touchstone; a reminder that joy is our true nature and happiness is a choice.

2. How does Yoga inspire or motivate your business?
Yoga is so much more than what takes place on my mat. It’s a way home to myself. Yoga is a way of life; it influences and motivates me in every aspect of it, which of course, includes my business.

3. Tell us about a typical day in your shoes?
My days vary a lot. I work from home and I revel in the freedom that brings. Typically, a day includes: creating new designs. Computer work. Yoga. Speaking with clients. Walking in nature with my dog, Shasta. Meditation. Healthy food. Laughter (lots of laughter!) Spontaneous dance parties. And always trying my best to stay present and follow my heart.

4. How do you rejuvenate when life gets busy or you get overwhelmed?
I come back to my breath. That’s key for me. Pranayama exercises work wonders for that. If possible, I also lie down on the floor or do some yoga poses, like legs-up-the-wall or restorative cobbler’s pose. A walk in the woods always helps put things back in perspective as well.

5. Do you have any daily rituals or personal mantras that serve you?
Rituals are important to me. They help me implement positive habits and make it easier for me to stay grounded. I begin and end the day with gratitude and meditation. I take the time every morning to set my intentions, a very powerful and effective practice. I use positive affirmations and mantras throughout the day. Some of my favourites are, “All is well” and “I am open and receptive to all the love and abundance in the universe – Thank you life!”

6. How do you find Balance in your life both personally and in business?
When I’m out of alignment with my heart, life feels out of balance. When I take the time to listen to my inner guide and do things from a place that feels good, I feel in balance. Really, it’s the only way for me. It takes a lot to remember, trust and accept, that wherever I am is exactly where I am meant to be in that moment. It’s not always easy, but it’s something I believe, deeply, and that brings me balance and peace.

7. Tell us of a personal or business struggle that lead to personal growth or empowerment.
I used to think I wasn’t flexible enough to become a yoga teacher. Even though I knew it wasn’t true, deep down I was afraid of what other people would think of me if I couldn’t “do” all the poses in an “acceptable” way. This ate me up for a really long time because my heart was telling me to do the training and my mind was saying, “You aren’t good enough!” I finally had an “aha!” moment one day, in a yoga class. I saw that this belief stemmed from when I was a little girl. A family member once told me that her doctor said flexibility was hereditary and it simply didn’t run in our family. I grew up believing I wasn’t flexible, biologically. I also recognized that inflexibility, on some level, was actually a fear of change. This realization allowed me to let go of what was holding me back from my dreams. By shining light on these old, conditioned beliefs I was able to release them. I stopped being so hard on myself and began to open up to the possibilities ahead. My body opened up too, more than it had in years. I’ve been happily teaching yoga for over 3 years now. I still can’t fold myself into a pretzel and sometimes my students can

go deeper into poses than I can. That’s okay with me. If I get there, or not, doesn’t matter to me anymore - that’s the best part of it all.

8. What does being a Yogi/Yogini mean to you?
Joyously navigating the roadmap home to ourselves. And being okay with wherever we are on the journey, every step of the way. 

Kim is offering all members an exclusive, limited time discount on her merchandise. Use Promo Code yogolove15 and receive 15% off till Sept 30th. So get it while it's HOT!