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5 Ways to Celebrate Self-Care Awareness Month

Sep 07, 2021

Did you know that September is Self-Care Awareness Month? How exciting that we have a whole month devoted to the concept of taking care of ourselves. But think about that – we need a month of awareness to remind ourselves that we can practice self-care and that it’s okay. That it benefits us. That it’s good for us. 

In honor of Self-Care Awareness month, I encourage you to take care of yourself and to celebrate it. Even the itty bitty tiny acts of self-care that might not mean anything to anyone else but that add up to a good day for you. Celebrate it. Every single day this month.  Below are some ways to get started and keep going all month long (and beyond!).

Every Morning Ask Yourself:

  • How can I practice self-care today?  And then do that thing.

5 Ways to Celebrate Self-Care Awareness Month:

  1. Join the Brave New Yoga Membership. I add new self-care practices every week! 
  2. Download the Home Practice Starter Guide! It’s...
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Tool for Grounding

Aug 31, 2021
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Have you been feeling uneasy, drifting, lost?  Maybe your life doesn't seem to have a clear purpose or direction right now.  We often feel unbalanced or off kilter during times of major transition such as adjusting to the end of summer and the beginning of a school year, adjusting to parenthood, job changes, new home, health issues, or loss.  But sometimes our lives may seem relatively steady on the surface yet we still find ourselves gradually feeling out of sorts.

If this resonates, grounding may serve you well.  The concept of being grounded refers to a feeling of being stable, at ease, and consciously present.  When we feel grounded, we are able to accept and let go of the momentary tough moments throughout the day and are not easily influenced by others' ideas or feelings.  You feel more at peace with your authentic self.

It's normal to feel more or less grounded during different times in our lives.  Recognizing when we are not grounded is a...

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Quick Note

Aug 24, 2021

This year has required so much of us, more than other years.  It has been a very big and also a tiring year....full of ups and downs....struggles and victories. 

Thankfully, we have self-care practices such as yoga, meditation, connecting with nature, art, and journaling, to help us recalibrate and find due north again.  These practices support us with becoming present and affirming the goodness in our lives.

That's what I hope these weekly blog posts offer you too...tools and strategies to find your center and prioritize what truly matters to you.  When we make our way home to ourselves, the world becomes a brighter and more hopeful place.  

Today, let your intention be to appreciate every moment. Savor the breath in your lungs, the air on your skin, the stretching sensation in your hamstrings as you move through the day, and the beating of your heart....all reminding you that anything is possible.

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What to Do in Your Sacred Space

Aug 17, 2021

Last week I shared HOW to create a Sacred Space and this week I am sharing WHAT to do when you get there! 

A Sacred Space is a special place within your home that may include an altar, yoga mat, candles, and any other items that are significant and meaningful for you.  This space is your space to ground, center, and reconnect with yourself. 

Creating a Sacred Space and then visiting it often will help you reduce stress and anxiety while also giving life to your dreams and desires.  It is a necessary space that should be as integral to daily life as your kitchen and bathroom.  If you do not yet have a Sacred Space, click here to learn how to create one.

Here's What to Do In Your Sacred Space: 

Open:

I find it’s so powerful to open your sacred practice and then close it when you’re done.  This creates a sacred container and encourages your system and soul to really drop in.  Here is a great way to open your practice:

  • Sit...
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How to Create a Sacred Space

Aug 10, 2021

Do you have a Sacred Space in your home...a space that is just for you and that is home to your daily self-care practice?  This is a space to go to when you are in need of reflection, healing, soothing, clarity, energy, connection, or alignment with your higher self.  This space is YOUR space to be YOU.  And this space is a safe space to explore what you need and want.  It is also a place to explore movement, breath, and soulful connection with yourself.

If you don't yet have a Sacred Space, here's how to create one:

Designate the Space

  • Pick somewhere specific in your home that can be your sacred space (not a space you share with others). Try to find somewhere that is free of distractions, such as electronics, work, and daily tasks. This space does not need to be a room, it can simply be a space within a room. 

Your Sacred Space Can Be:

  • Where you can see it — across from your bed, desk, sofa or kitchen table
  • Wherever you have room...
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10 things...

Jul 27, 2021

This email is about to become your favorite email of the day - or maybe even the week!  Tons of good stuff here to make your self-care and yoga practice time even sweeter. 

Okay, you ready?  Here comes some solid and super fun ideas for you!

My 10 favorite self-care tools, practices, playlists, books, and more right now!!!

I have way more than 10 but these are things that I am LOOOOOOOOVING right now!

  1. Manduka PRO Squared Yoga Mat - this mat is big enough for two people and is AMAZING for a practice that incorporates yoga, dance, and spacious movement!
  2. Manduka unBLOCK - enjoying this so much for supported backbends and triangle pose 
  3. doTERRA Essential Oils - the Yoga Collection is so yummy
  4. Super Attractor Card Deck - beautiful illustrations and the messages always inspire and inform my day
  5. My Sacred Morning Playlist - listening to this on repeat
  6. GT's Synergy Golden Pineapple Kombucha - cannot get enough, super...
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How to up level your morning routine

Jul 20, 2021

Last week I talked about how including a self-care practice in your morning routine can increase your focus, energy, and good vibes. 

This week I want to share with you the attributes of a powerful morning routine plus some self-care practice ideas!

Attributes of a Powerful Morning Routine

When crafting your morning routine, consider the following:

  • Wake up at the same time everyday (even on the weekends).  This will make waking up to do your morning practice much much easier.
  • Do the same morning routine every single day.  If you have a different morning routine everyday, you use up your limited decision-making capacity (a real thing) to decide what to do everyday and how to do it.  If it's the same, you don't have to think about it and thus have more decision-making power for later in the day.
  • Include connection time with your body, mind and heart.
  • Get quiet and listen to your inner voice.

Self-Care Practice Ideas

As you read through this list,...

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Want to be more productive? Try this.

Jul 13, 2021

Does it really matter if you just roll out of bed, scramble as fast as you can to find something to wear in an organized pile of unfolded laundry, make a coffee to go, feed the dog, and run out the door?

YES!

If you begin your day stressed, unfocused and rushed your day will feel stressed, unfocused, and rushed.  If you start it intentionally, however, you set yourself up to feel focused, centered, and energized throughout your day.

Maybe you've already heard that many successful people say that waking up early and having a consistent morning routine is part of their success. 

That is because the morning is when you set the tone for the rest of the day.

When you begin your day with an intentional practice (whether it be meditation, yoga, journaling, art, or being in nature):

  • you are more likely to make healthy eating choices throughout the day
  • you cultivate the needed energy and focus to knock difficult tasks out first
  • you make your self-development and...
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Top 3 Strategies for Starting a Daily Practice

Jul 06, 2021

One of the most popular questions I get is "How do I create a daily practice?" 

I love this question and I love that so many of you are asking it! 

What that tells me is that you see an opportunity to feel better...more grounded, connected and aligned...through daily self-care. 

So here are my top 3 strategies for starting a daily self-care practice, whether that include meditation, yoga, art, writing, or being in nature.

  1. Make all decisions ahead of time
    • If you wait to make decisions about your practice at the time of your practice, you will get overwhelmed and GIVE UP.  So, determine ahead of time:
      1. What days this week you will do your practice.
      2. What time you will practice on those days (be specific about your start time).
      3. How long you will practice for (10 minutes is a great place to start and hugely beneficial).
      4. What you will wear, what props you will need, and where in your home (or outside) you will practice.
  2. Focus on small wins
    • Set small...
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How to Improve Your Balance

Jun 30, 2021

Here’s something you may not know….walking is actually controlled falling.  Think about it...every time you take a step forward, you fall forward until the back foot steps forward and catches you.  To bring that foot forward we rely on our balance and our coordination.  If we don’t have it, we lose our balance and fall. 

To make our walking (or controlled falling) as steady as possible, we need to improve our balance.  When we work on our balance in specific ways, we learn how to better engage with various terrain and situations around us.  

So today we are focusing on...

How to improve your balance so that you can walk, run, and do all types of movement with more control and coordination.

Now, practicing balancing poses on a consistent basis will help you tremendously but there’s also something else you can do and it has to do...

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