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Oct 05, 2021

What happens when you only focus on getting something right...like trying to do Downdog perfectly?

You miss the whole point of the practice, which is to WAKE UP! 

Self-care practices whether they are yoga, meditation, art, journaling or taking a hot bath encourage you to wake up to yourself....to what your heart longs for, to the gifts that you bring to the world, and to the knowing that you possess. 

When you move your body, breathe deeply or do some other form of self-care you remember your potential and that you already have everything you need to navigate this life.  The outer world has nothing on your own capacity to sustain who you are and what you want.  

If at any point you feel lost, uninspired, confused, broken, or disconnected from yourself, unroll your mat and move your body, take out your journal and write, pull out some paper and...

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Self-Care Mythbusters

Sep 21, 2021

5 myths I always here about self-care:

MYTH 1:  Self-care is selfish

MYTH 2:  Self-care is expensive

MYTH 3:  Self-care is time consuming

MYTH 4:  Self-care must be earned

MYTH 5:  Self-care looks like bubble baths and face masks.

READY FOR THE TRUTH? Let’s bust those myths!! 

TRUTH 1:  Focusing on your emotional, mental, and spiritual stability doesn’t take away from others. There’s a difference between being selfish and taking care of yourself.  Meeting your own needs makes you better equipped to meet the needs of others.

TRUTH 2: Self-care is the intentional actions you take in order to thrive in your life. Taking care of your body, mind, and spirit can improve the quality of your life now and in the future.  

TRUTH 3:  You don’t need to dedicate a lot of time to a self-care practice for it to be effective. Even micro-moments of self-care practice throughout your day are...

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What's your self-care mood today?

Sep 14, 2021

What's your self-care mood today?

Zen Mood

  • Candles. Incense. Calming music. Meditation. Yoga. Savasana. Mantra. Inner peace.

Writer Mood

  • Journaling. Headphones. Indie music. Writing. Feeling feelings. Essential oils.  Pajamas.

Book Mood

  • Books. Cozy blankets. Soft pillows.  Hot tea.  Nature sounds.  ASMR.  Cuddly animals.

Creative Mood

  • Art.  Loud music.  Bright colors.  Coffee.  Day dreaming.  Photographs.  Paint.  Creativity.

Outdoor Mood

  • Sunshine. Fresh air.  Laughter.  Movement.  Sweat.  Hiking.  Long walk.  Swimming. 

Pampering Mood

  • Spa day.  Homemade face mask.  Nail polish.  Mani/pedis. Long bubble bath.  Chocolate.

 

Now, click reply and tell me which one resonates with you the most.  Then, carve out 10 minutes (or more!) to do one or more of the items listed for that mood...

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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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