You probably know by now that California is in a massive drought. It is a time that asks all of us to become more conscious of that ways we use and/or waste water. What can we, as individual community members, do to help conserve water? One of the most obvious ways we can cut back is commonly overlooked: our yards! Lawns and landscaping account for some of the largest uses of water. Santa Barbara is blessed to have abundant natural foliage that happily grows year-round. One need only take a walk around town to see that residents care about the beauty of their yards and properties, and the city spends tons of money keeping things well-manicured.
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Just in time for summer, Drishti's new Onzie collection has arrived! There are a ton of great new pieces in this collection - so many that we can't fit them all in this blog post, so you'll have to visit out boutique or our online store to check the rest out. But if you need help narrowing down the selection, we've got you covered! Here are some of our FAVORITE NEW PIECES! <3
Super Summer Legging Prints!
The Graphic Capri in White Sands and Cairo Graphic Legging are fun and a little flashy. Great for summer vibes, travel, festivals, and events.
Here in Santa Barbara, we celebrate Solstice in STYLE with a parade, a big party in the park, and lots of dancing.
Located right in downtown Santa Barbara, this super fun festival has the perfect vibe to get us stoked on the warmer weather and longer days of summer.
Even though we live in Santa Barbara, where it's almost perpetually sunny, we love the laid-back summer months just as much as anybody. It just means more hours for hiking, beaching, and hanging with our friends and fam. Here's a snap from the Drishti girls' porch-to-park celebration of Solstice. We had SO much fun!
From the Drishti fam to yours... HAPPY SOLSTICE, happy summer, happy living!!
Today's blog comes to you from Drishti gal, yoga teacher, and Ayurvedic experimentalist, Michelle Rousseau! Michelle teaches yoga at Divinitree and also loves running and hiking. You can follow along with her journey on Instagram, here.
Summer is upon us, and festival season is definitely in full swing. Those of you hard-core yogis/festival junkies are probably well aware of the physical and mental endurance required for a 2, 3, and sometimes even 4 day festival (yoga, music, art, or otherwise). With all the dancing, walking, headbanging, and cartwheeling, these events, while fun, can leave us feeling depleted. If we do not properly care for ourselves during such long and intense weekends (and in general for that matter), we run the risk of overexertion, dehydration, and place excessive stress on our minds and bodies.
Thankfully, yoga and mindfulness are something that we can take with us anywhere, even the hot, dry, dusty playa. Speaking from the experience of a seasoned yogi and festival-goer, there are definitely a few practices that are helpful to incorporate into one’s festival experience that serve to support your body and mind through an intense and exciting weekend.
So, read on for Drishti's 4 Tips for the Mindful Festival Goer! :)
Summer heat, summer love, summer BBQ's.
Here is A SWEET SUMMER salad recipe that is perfect for any summer occasion. Ultra healthy and hydrating. This salad has a great balance of fruity sweetness and healthy fats with a twist of lime and a hint of mint. Trust us, people LOVE this dish.
This delectable salad takes about 20 minutes to prepare and is super simple.
Crop tops are IN and have made their way into activewear. Besides the fact that the sporty-sexy look is SO fun, crop tops can also be great for really sweaty classes, ultra-sunny music festivals, or, (our favorite) to pair with high-waisted leggings and pants!
But what about the whole showing-your-midriff part of ricking a crop top? There are some immediate questions that come to most women's minds when they think of crop tops: Is is socially acceptable? Do you have to have to have perfect abs? Am I allowed to show my belly even if it resembles a belly instead of a wash board?
Question: How do I rock crop top?
Answer: Put it on!
Wearing a crop top is all about confidence and FUN. Basically, if you feel good in it, you should wear it! If you aren't so sure about it, skip it! There are tons of other great trends happening in athleisure wear and in the Drishti store right now. But seriously, the only way to wear a crop top right is to just do it!
Many of us know the benefits of a daily yoga practice - feeling more fit, more flexible, and less stressed, to name a few! What some people DON’T yet know is that you needn’t attend (and pay for) a 90-minute yoga class in order to reap the benefits of this fantastic wellness tool. Most of us work at a computer at least some of the time. Here is an easy 5-minute yoga sequence that provides a perfect break from your office chair!
1. Stand Up!
It’s the hardest step to take when you’re mired in work emails and busily ticking things off your to-do list, but it’s really the most important! The more you motivate yourself to take short, frequent stretch breaks, the more you will realize that these yoga breaks refresh you and motivate you to do your best work.
2. Uttanasana (Standing Forward Fold)
Make sure you do this pose (left) with your knees nice and bent. This is a great head-clearing shape for when you’re feeling frazzled. Allow this pose to feel as fluid as possible by gently swaying side to side, and consciously releasing any tension you feel in your back.
3. Standing Side Bend
This one’s simple: Stand tall, and reaching one arm up, lean over to one side. Then repeat on the other side. You can do this with or without sticking your hips out as you side bend - variety of movement is a key to feeling your best!
4. Down Dog with a Chair
No need to stop, drop, and down dog - this chair-version makes a perfect office substitute! Place your hands on the backrest of a chair (or on your desk, a nearby wall, etc.) and walk your feet back so that your heels are directly underneath your hips. Now feel that s-t-r-e-t-c-h, and breathe!
5. Walk Outside or to a Window
That’s right! Walking is yoga. Going outside is DEFINITELY yoga. Our bodies get so used to being indoors, sitting, and staring at screens that this might just be the most enjoyable step in your office yoga routine. Take a bathroom or water break, and while you’re at it, do an extra lap around the office and go outside. Even just looking out a window can provide a needed moment of mindful stillness to reboot your nervous system.
PRO-TIP: repeat this sequence a few times throughout your work day! Your body and mind will thank you.
Here in Santa Barbara, we are in the midst of "June Gloom" - but we can use this time to hunker down, work on projects and give a little extra attention to those things that you'd be likely to postpone if the sun was out and you just HAD to go to the beach ;)
At Drishti, we love two things more than almost anything else: yoga, and California vibes. So what could be better than a company that combines those two things?! Enter YogaRx: a super fun clothing company that makes cute and comfy yoga-inspired tanks, all right here in California. Take a peek at the latest YogaRx collection to see what we mean! :)
Namaste Cali Bear is soo cute, we want him to be our Drishti Mascot. This soft and cozy tank is the perfect marriage of California & yoga love! (far left, $42)
"I See You & I Love You." Not just a message for your fans, but also for your haters. You probably don't have any haters, but just in case you do... send 'em some love, anyway. ($42)
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