Because we are purpose-driven beings, we continually cycle through periods of questioning who we are, what we want, and how we want to live.
So I invite you to lean on your practice as if it is a lifeline...as if it holds the answers to all of your questions...because it does.
When you come to your practice with intention and commitment, you develop a sacred connection with your unique perspective and innate gifts. You also tap into your inner wisdom which lives in your cells from previous generations and also comes from your own lived experience.
Everything you need is inside of you. And you have the ability to access your wisdom through your practice.
And you only need a few minutes a day to access this vast expanse within you. 5 minutes on your mat is enough to change the trajectory of your day and, overtime, your life.
You will find those precious 5+ minutes most reliably in the morning. Beginning your day with your practice infuses every remaining minute of your...
I have never been a morning person. Ever. For as long as I can remember I have LOVED sleeping in, waking when I was good and ready, and hanging out in bed, reading, staring out the window or just curling up under the covers for 5 more minutes.
That all changed when my daughter was born and I was forced to not only be a morning person but a night owl. Sleep was rare and precious in those first few years but I rallied...surprised that I had the ability to wake early and make it through my days with 2 hours of sleep under my belt.
But then I got really tired....from sleep deprivation but also from not having any personal space. That led to me being grouchy, impatient with everything and everyone, and a feeling that I would go crazy, literally, if I didn't get some space to myself. Something had to change.
Now, maybe you don’t have kids but we all have had some experience that has challenged us...
It’s difficult to show up for a regular yoga practice if there is no dedicated space to make it happen.
For one it’s easy to forget about it if you don’t see the props and supplies laid out.
Second, if everything is stored out of site and you have to pull out your mat and props from cupboards and drawers and it feels like a chore to do so, you won’t do it.
Third, instead of your practice feeling sacred, which comes from claiming a space for it in your home, it feels optional and not that important...and therefore you don’t do it.
So, if you’re desiring a daily (or almost daily) home practice but are unsure how to make it happen...start with making space for it in your home.
Here’s how to do that:
Every morning I rise out of bed committed to my morning practice. I'm tired and bleary eyed but I don't pay that any attention. Instead I change into my yoga clothes, head downstairs and get on my mat. I light a candle, pull a healing card, dab some essential oils onto my wrists and temples, and then settle in for my practice.
I begin by sitting cross-legged with my eyes closed, then I move my body.
Sometimes I follow along with a recorded practice and sometimes I follow my intuition.
Sometimes I practice for 10 minutes and other days for 45.
After I practice I write down my goals, my fears, and my affirmations...which takes about 3-5 minutes.
This is my morning routine and I show up for it daily because it changes the trajectory of my day.
When I begin my day on my mat I am CLEARER about my priorities for the day, I feel grounded, and I feel taken care of. When I feel this way, I am kinder and more forgiving to myself and others. I am also more relaxed and have more fun with my...
Everything is temporary. I have said this to myself so many times in the last five years when life has been challenging...sleepless nights with a newborn, a non-existent home practice, working from home while caring for a toddler, a messy disorganized home, social distancing, school being out of session for months, not seeing friends or family.
Hard moments feel like they are the new normal and will last forever.
But it always shifts and becomes something new. Just like the seasons.
Our lives are not fixed. We...
Most of us are living in some form of organized chaos as we work remotely, take care of kids, and manage our homes....all at the same time. Some days everything goes smoothly and joyfully and other days we want to scream, pull our hair out, and quit everything.
We are, as a result of Covid, struggling to find balance in our daily lives and it is unsettling and exhausting. Without steadiness to a rhythm, we become jumbled, unclear, unmotivated, and uncreative. But thankfully all is not lost and we can develop a new and more helpful relationship to balance, one that serves us in this current state of being.
Often balance is confused with symmetry, which is focused on two parts being the same. Balance, on the other hand, is all about grounding and finding steadiness.
If we focus on our lives being symmetrical, with all parts receiving the same amount of love and care and we fail to create that experience (which always happens), then there's the...
Do you ever have those days where you feel stuck? Like, there’s something you want to do/accomplish/create and you’ve dreamt about it and wanted it for so long but when it comes down to actually doing the thing, you feel stuck in cement.
Nothing is moving.
You can’t focus on it. You don’t know what to do or say or how to get started.
You’re not sure that you even want it anymore (but deep down, you know you do).
But the momentum is gone.
All you feel is the distance between where you are now and where you want to be. And that distance feels insurmountable.
When you close your eyes and ask yourself why this is so hard, all you feel is fear. You are afraid that you will do it wrong, that you will make a fool out of yourself, that you don’t know how, that you don’t have anything unique to offer.
These fears feel real and justified.
You believe them even though you don’t want to. You wonder whether you should just give up.
I have always wanted to accomplish something really great, like something that matters and changes people - and our world. I've held this dream for so long I can't remember when it began.
This dreams walks with me wherever I go. It is a constant partner. The thing is I don't know the specifics of the dream - like what is the thing I do that makes a difference? And how do I know when I am doing it? And what form does it take? Is it through writing, movement, teaching, art, collaboration?
I don't know. But this dream calls to me nonetheless.
I do know that I want to write a book, one that maps my life and winds its way through the hills and valleys of trauma, heartbreak, shame, courage, and self-love.
I know that I love to teach and want to have a platform where I lead, guide, teach, and support others.
I also know whatever I do it needs to meld art, movement, writing, and teaching together in some way.
But here’s the thing, I hold...
Last week I sent you an email about why we are all feeling so tired right now and I received many responses that included "Thank you, I thought I was the only one". Believe me, you are not the only one (that is tired or having a hard time).
The pandemic is wearing on us. We’re worn out, feel isolated, everyday feels like groundhog day, we have zoom fatigue, we miss our friends and family. We are burned out and done with this situation.
Right now, we need each other more than ever. We need community and we need to know we are not alone.
I want to do more to help all of us feel better. So I am going to be offering more support here in the newsletter and also more support and strategies within the Brave New Yoga Membership, which will come in the form of: