August 21, 2018

Self-care is Not about Bubble Baths. {Partner}


This is a post written together with Yogi Surprise—an Elephant Partner. They’re dedicated to helping you live your dharma through their mindful monthly offerings, and we’re honored to work with them. ~ ed


“Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live.” ~ Jim Rohn


Self-care isn’t selfish—and it isn’t just about pampering ourselves, but that can also be important.

It’s so much more than bubble baths, massages, and manicures.

It’s filling our own tanks so we can go out into the world and give our best to others. It’s savoring the small pleasures in life. It’s having the courage to try the new and sometimes scary things. It’s also being tuned in enough to our own needs that we can kindly say no when we need to.

It’s so easy to lose ourselves in the busyness of life, so easy to forget the things that bring us joy in the midst of tending to everyone else’s needs. This seems to be especially true for women.

Sometimes, we need a little retreat to care for ourselves. We need to take a minute to love our sweet selves, too.

But most of us don’t have the time or money to spend a week in South America stretching and ohm-ing ourselves into a state of complete bliss, or a weekend at the spa, bathing head to toe in our favorite essential oils all that often…if ever!

What if we could treat ourselves to a mini retreat, once a month, without having to spend a packet or travel to an exotic location?

Enter the “retreat in a box.”

Yogi Surprise is the delightful and treat-filled monthly self-care package with a yogic twist.

Aptly described as “a retreat in a box,” it’s the perfect monthly reminder and opportunity to take that time out we all need—to reboot, refuel, and reconnect with ourselves.

In fact, Yogi Surprise’s mission is to offer connection. Connection to ourselves—through unique, yoga-inspired products, thoughtfully put together each month to help us expand our yoga practice in new directions. And connection to others—by sharing beautiful, ethical products from caring, like-minded individuals and companies.

The mindful path is the journey of a lifetime, and it’s easy to run low on energy, inspiration, or even plain lose direction sometimes. Tools and touchstones along the way help.

Which is why Yogi Surprise is so refreshing.

Special Limited Offer for Elephant readers: receive Yogi Surprise’s Self-Care Jewelry box (worth over $65) free when you sign up to Yogi Surprise: use code EJSELFCARE to get your free gift. 

Get your free gift here >>

The Self-Care Jewelry Box:

“My boyfriend got me the big box for Christmas but I chose to go for the small box after a couple of months and I love the jewelry! I’m slowly growing my mala collection.” ~ Catie

Yogi Suprise Rose Quartz Mala Necklace

Experience the vibration of self-love. Stunning rose quartz and rhodonite mala bead necklace with a multi colored tassel. Rhodonite is a stone of compassion, an emotional balancer that clears away emotional wounds and scars from the past, and that nurtures love. It stimulates, clears and activates the heart. Rhodonite grounds energy, balances yin-yang, and aids in achieving one’s highest potential.

Yogi Surprise Bracelet

Pink is the color of self-love. Wear this adjustable rose quartz bracelet to enhance your self-care practices and remind yourself that it’s okay to put you first sometimes.

Signature Jewelry Box

The perfect way to store your Yogi Surprise jewelry in this gorgeous, hand-made signature jewelry box.

And you get a surprise snack every month in your jewelry box, too.

Special Limited Offer for Elephant readers: receive Yogi Surprise’s Self-Care Jewelry box (worth over $65)free when you sign up to Yogi Surprise: use code EJSELFCARE to get your free gift.

Their lovingly curated boxes are themed monthly and filled with products that are not only uplifting, but actually useful. Importantly, they are also always non-GMO, and cruelty-free.

“I really enjoy Yogi Surprise for its perfect balance of items to add to my practice and items to enhance lifestyle. There’s also a nice snack included. I love the fact that you can count on a monthly series of poses to keep things fresh. This is one box I won’t let go.”
~ Cristina

Check out this unboxing of their March goodness with the theme of connection, perfectly timed for the beginning of spring:

Yogi Surprise currently have two boxes to choose from, and one in development.

  1. The Yoga Box: (This is the one in the video!) With this option, every month you receive products with a mission to elevate your yoga practice on and off the mat, and always with a guaranteed retail value over $85, for only $33.71 with your Elephant Journal discount code (ejyoga25).
  2. The Jewelry Box: Every month, you receive a new selection of hand-crafted, fair-trade jewelry designed with your yogic journey in mind. But this little package is equally great for non yogis. After all, you don’t have to do a down dog to appreciate a beautiful, ethically-made rose quartz necklace. This box has a guaranteed retail value of over $65, for only $18.74 with your Elephant Journal discount code (ejyoga25).
  3. The Men’s Yoga Box: Genius! It’s especially hard to find men’s products that align with your values if you’re a mindful man. This box is just like the Yoga Box but especially for the guys, and currently available on pre-order.

You can also cancel or pause your monthly subscription anytime.

“I was curious to find out what were in my boxes but after the first one, I could not wait for the next. I found myself excited just waiting for them because I know I’ll love what’s inside.” ~ Nel

Special Limited Offer for Elephant readers: receive Yogi Surprise’s Self-Care Jewelry box (worth over $65) free when you sign up to Yogi Surprise: use code EJSELFCARE to get your free gift.

Here’s a sneak peak of  what to expect, featuring the delightful products in September’s Self-Care Yoga Box.

Order now to get your Yogi Surprise for October:

Yogi Surprise Pashmina Wrap

Experience ultimate comfort with the softness of a cozy lavender colored pashmina wrap. Wearing purple is associated with spirituality and lavender in particular represents beauty and femininity. Wear it to project wisdom, trust, and release destructive emotions.

Calming Pillow Spray by Mystic Antidotes

Lavender helps calm the mind, relieves stress, and promotes inner harmony. Refreshing, and relaxing, this delicate blend of lavender and sage is the perfect way to reset and refresh yourself after a busy day and give yourself the most peaceful night’s sleep. It’s almost like having a humidifier on at night.

Hazem and Nadine Haddad, are the husband and wife team who make this delicious pillow spray. They use their unique background of chemistry and manufacturing has helped them develop a range of products that replace harsh chemicals with natural beautiful aromas.

Mala Bracelet-making Kit by Yogi Surprise

Create your own essential oil diffusing mala bead bracelet. Kit contains: 28 rosewood and rose quartz beads, elastic string, and instruction card in a signature box. Rosewood beads are perfect for absorbing and diffusing your favorite essential oil.

Yogi Surprise Rose Quartz Vial Necklace

Infuse your day with the vibration of self-love. This delicate heart shaped glass vial necklace contains rose quartz crystals to help connect you to your heart center. Rose quartz is often used for healing as it strengthens empathy and compassion. It carries a strong vibration of unconditional love, as well as self-esteem, and forgiveness.

Selection of Vahdam Teas

“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves—slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Take the opportunity to slow down and enjoy these four delicious blends by Vahdam Teas as part of your daily self-care practice:

> Himalayan Green Tea
> Turmeric Spice Herbal Tea Tisane
> Sweet Himalayan Detox Green Tea
> Chamomile Green Tea

Unlike your everyday cuppa, Vahdam teas do not travel in containers for months before being packaged and sold. All their teas are procured direct from plantations & tea growers within 24-48 hours of production, packaged garden fresh, and shipped directly from source in India. By eliminating all middlemen, they ultimately help every farmer get a better price for their produce.

To celebrate National Yoga Month, Yogi Surprise is gifting anyone who signs up for their Yoga box with their Chakra Yoga Box. That’s over $250 worth of yoga and wellness offerings for only $44.95! Use Code: YOGAMONTH


“I just love that somebody else’s thoughts and love for surprises translates directly to my own.” ~ Andrea

Special Limited Offer for Elephant readers: receive Yogi Surprise’s Self-Care Jewelry box (worth over $65) free when you sign up to Yogi Surprise: use code EJSELFCARE to get your free gift.
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