No Monday Morning Yoga

Jan 22, 2023

Last week I was so excited to share that I would be offering an ongoing Monday morning class and this week I am sharing that I actually won't be doing that.

It's complicated but here we go....

A few months ago I got a job as a community engagement manager at a personal development company that focuses primarily on helping women integrate sacred practices into their lives. All the while I have continued to offer coaching as wells as hold the intention to offer movement classes once I felt more settled with my job.

That day came a few weeks ago and so I began putting the word out about my new offering, Soul Care Yoga, which I am so grateful you signed up for. (Thank you for your shared interest and enthusiasm for starting the day and week with such care and heart.)

When I started doing some marketing about my class, my employer lovingly pulled me aside and brought me into deep inquiry about my intentions with this class. They also shared that it did not feel right for me to offer a...

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What is your Soul here to do?

Jan 02, 2023

Happy New Year!

By now you have probably received countless emails and scrolled through post after post on Facebook and Instagram urging you to set an intention, create a list of resolutions or pick a word for the year.

It's inspiring AND it's a lot all at the same time.

I hear you and the funny thing is New Year's is my favorite time of year! But I can't hang with the constant barrage of emails and posts, they overwhelm me.

Instead, I need to tune the voices out and create a space of quiet to reflect on my soul's path.

I have found that the clearest path to knowing what's next for the new year, or for a new day, comes from a daily sacred practice. Every day I show up on my yoga mat, in nature and in my journal to better understand who I am, what I want and what I am here to do.

Whether I am at the turn of the year or the turn of a day, I get quiet. I sit with all my thoughts, feelings and desires and just listen.

I ask myself: How am I doing really? And what do I need?

I let my...

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What you already know

Dec 19, 2022

I'm fresh from an amazing retreat on claiming and living our soul's purpose.  During the retreat we talked about how we are here, on this planet, for a specific purpose.  We each have a calling and when we stand still long enough and tune out the chaos of daily life, we can feel it.  We can hear it.  

This calling lives within our cellular structure and flows within our tissues, blood, bones and breath.  It's not separate from us, it is us. 

And it is something our soul's chose before we landed in our bodies to live this current life.

It's a mission we accepted, even though we knew, without a doubt that it would not be easy, we would get lost and there would be heart break, pain and discomfort.  

Our soul said YES because this calling is necessary to our evolution as individuals and as a society.  

We know this, deeply.  It makes itself known as we look up at the vast sky and remember...

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Turn the Volume Up

Dec 05, 2022

A few weeks ago, I wrote to you about reinvention and how following my trip to Italy, I felt a longing to reconnect with my wild, true and wise self.  The truth is this conversation about reinvention started within my heart years ago.  

I have half-heartedly listened to this conversation my heart was having with my mind and body, but have done my best to muffle the sounds and keep going.  I heard talk of wanting more, doing less, taking risks, nourishing myself better and living in sacred connection with the earth.....but instead of tuning in, I tuned out. 

I kept my eyes forward, shushed the voices within, smiled and said "Yes, please" to other peoples needs, ideas and decisions even though they weren't mine and didn't fit me.

I didn't do this all of the time, but enough times that my breath felt caught between an inhale and exhale.  Holding.  Waiting.  Which way do I go?

Hence, the reinvention.

Now I am turning...

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Dissolve Doubt with this 1-min Practice

Nov 28, 2022

Today I want to share a simple yet powerful practice with you.  If you are dissolving into doubtful trains of thought about what lies ahead this week with your business, work, relationships, home, purpose, etc. then take one minute and do this practice with me. 

This is one of my favorite practices when I don't know which way to turn, feel overwhelmed or feel ungrounded.  

Please don't just read this practice and say to yourself, "I'll do it later".  Follow the simple steps below and do the practice now.  Do it for your now self.  Do it for your future self.  Do it because it will make you feel better.  Do it to grow your capacity to live more resiliently and more joyfully.  Choose a reason and follow the prompts below.

THE PRACTICE:

During this practice you are going to open your solar plexus, which is a central point in your body and also a source of power and presence.  Connecting to and opening this space will help...

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Move Beyond Blame

Nov 21, 2022

Yesterday afternoon while sitting on the couch drinking lemon honey tea, I was flipping through a book that I haven't looked at in years.  It's a book that I bought because of the beautiful images but not one I had actually sat down and read.  For some reason it called to me yesterday and so I flipped it open and started from the beginning.

The book is called Art of Attention by Elena Brower.  It's like a yoga workbook for teachers and practitioners with writings woven in about reducing tension, finding stillness and embracing your highest possibilities.

In the second chapter, blame is explored.  Here, guest writer Gabrielle Bernstein offers her thoughts.   She says:

It's easy to stay stuck in the past, wishing we could have done things differently, wishing we could be different.

These words stung a bit. 

They were a little too true for me.

How long have I been wishing I would have done things differently throughout all the...

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Let's Talk Reinvention

Nov 14, 2022

I'm back! 

After almost 3 weeks in Italy, one week of crushing jet lag and one week of covid....I'M BACK!  And I'm so excited to reconnect with you.

Italy was AMAZING - the landscape, people, lifestyle, food...all of it!  I loved it and cannot wait to go back.  As much as I'd love to share stories and sit you down for a multi-hour long slideshow of the trip, I want to share something else with you.

I want to tell you about REINVENTION.  

Fairly early on in the trip, I realized I was craving reinvention. 

But let me be clear, I didn't pin point a desire to reinvent myself until recently.  What came first was a feeling of utter and complete boredom with myself and how I live my life.

There was nothing in particular that stirred this feeling but instead a longing that I couldn't quite name that kept washing over me as I walked the streets of various towns and villages, watching men and women of all ages riding bikes and scooters as well...

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Does money scare you?

Oct 03, 2022

When I was growing up we didn’t have a lot of money and when I was old enough to get a job and make money, it went to supporting my family (buying groceries, gas, paying for rent, etc.).

When I was 17, I wasn’t in school and worked two jobs to make the money we needed to move from living in a campground to living in a motel room.  

I also sold my backpack and other beloved possessions for gas money.

When I was in college, I worked multiple jobs and would often send money home when it was needed.  

For much of my life every time I earned money, I didn't get to keep it...it was earmarked for survival of some sort or another.

This created a strange and awkward relationship with money.  I wanted it and I didn't want it at the same time.  Having money was scary and not having money was scary.  As a result I felt stressed and anxious about money...

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What If Social Media Is Neutral?

Sep 26, 2022

 I have taken so many classes, workshops and trainings on social media that my head hurts thinking about all the must-do's and latest algorithm updates.  The most common MUST DO is to post 4-5 a week....and if you truly want to grow your following then 4-5 times a day.

 

WHAT??!!

 

I am not interested in that.  I don't want to spend my time doing that.  No thank you.

 

But even though I don't want to do that I have still felt the PRESSURE to post and be active on social media.  

 

Because "that's what every other business owner is doing" and "If I want to grow, then that's what I have to do."

 

These thoughts were totally stressing me out so I took my questions and anxiety about social media to my mentor and coaching group. 

 

Here's what happened....

 

I shared that I had been trying to keep up with posting on social media regularly but I wasn't taking it seriously and I wasn't enjoying any part of...

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Does this sound like you?

Sep 19, 2022

For almost twenty years I have been running a small business of some sort...from teaching Pilates and yoga at gyms and in people's homes to career coaching, wellness consulting and owning a yoga studio.  

In each new venture, I brought a ton of energy and inspiration but often lacked the strategic know-how as well as the mindset to grow the way I desired. 

As a result, this is how I felt or spent my time:

  • I often felt confused about what to do next or where to put my energy. 
  • I struggled with making decisions and feeling confident about my decisions.
  • I didn't know the steps to grow and so did things randomly and inconsistently.
  • I was stressed out constantly because I knew things needed to change but I didn't know how to change them.
  • I worked from early morning to late into the evening trying to get a handle on things but never felt like I truly understood my direction or the steps to get me where I wanted to go.
  • ...
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