What self love really means and why you need it

What self love really means and why you need it

Let's talk about self love. You might be rolling your eyes right now and wanting to click away, but please bear with me for a few minutes. True self love doesn't mean that you have to look in the mirror every day and think you're beautiful and amazing and perfect and never again have a moment of doubt about your goals, dreams, looks or whatever. True self love is: Knowing that you're worthy of good things in life. Taking the time to heal yourself when you're struggling. Being kind to and patient with yourself, even when you've failed. Knowing that there's no shame in NOT being okay sometimes. Valuing yourself enough to ask for help when you need it. Understanding that your weight, height, ethnicity, hair or lack of hair, skin condition, cellulite, stretch marks, or any other part of your appearance, does not determine your worth. Believing that mental illness does not make  you less lovable. Realizing that you can wear whatever the hell you want without the need to explain yourself. Taking care of...
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How to give up control to get what you desire

How to give up control to get what you desire

Is there something going on in your life that feels out of your control? Maybe you desire change but feel overwhelmed or confused when trying to come up with a plan of action. Whether you want to gain control of your finances or health, find a significant other or start a new career, you may have absolutely no idea where to start. That's where surrender comes in. Several months ago, I heard of a simple but effective surrender technique called the "God Box." It's so quick and easy you can do it today. All you have to do is write down any worries, issues or desires you have on a piece of paper. I like to use a Post-it note sized paper for each issue/desire. Then you put the pieces of paper in a small box and give control of whatever you wrote over to a higher power. When you find yourself coming back to a state of worry about one of the items you...
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Heart Opening Yoga Sequence (Video)

Heart Opening Yoga Sequence (Video)

The word yoga means "union." Yoga is a union of the mind, body and spirit, or the whole self. One way we can see the mind-body connection is through the manifestation of emotional pain in our bodies as physical pain or tension. For example, when you’re nervous, a typical bodily response is an upset stomach. Or, take for example, the reason for the word heartbreak: when we feel hurt by someone we love, our heart and chest feel tight, constricted and uncomfortable. Through asana, the physical postures of yoga, we can use our bodies to bring the emotions stored in our bodies to the surface and release them. This 15 minute heart opening yoga sequence targets the shoulders, chest and spine to release stored up tension due to stress and sadness. This sequence is also beneficial for people who are experiencing tension from sitting at a desk throughout the day. Visit my YouTube channel for more free yoga videos....
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How to clear abundance blocks and live your ideal life

How to clear abundance blocks and live your ideal life

Most of us want abundance in all areas of life and consider success as happiness, health and wealth. My ideal life would consist of freedom to spend time with family and friends, ability to work from anywhere, the means to travel and explore, living debt free, and purchasing a cabin by the lake. The problem is that for many of us, our actual experiences in one or more areas of life isn't aligned with what we want to experience. And unfortunately, desire, knowledge and hard work aren't always enough to get the results we so desperately want. If you're a personal development junkie like me, you might wonder why even though you've practiced visualization and affirmations daily, you still haven't created your ideal life. When it seems like you have everything in place for success, but you're not achieving your goals, there is more than likely an abundance block, or subconscious belief, holding you back. Now let's talk about what these blocks...
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5 Lessons Yoga Taught Me About Healing from Trauma

5 Lessons Yoga Taught Me About Healing from Trauma

I hate to talk about what you’re about to read. I hate to even think about it. While I have told some people over the past few years, I haven’t even told some of my closest friends yet. I’ve been living with a dark secret, but I’m finally ready to share it publicly. I think I need to share it so I can move forward with my life—speak my truth and accomplish the things that matter to me. This secret doesn’t define me, but it has certainly shaped many aspects of my personality and my life. Because of it, I lived through years of struggle with relationships, mental illness, insomnia and very low self esteem. However, it is also what led me to fall in love with yoga and get to where I am as a yoga teacher today. Deeeep breath. Okay, here goes… Read the full article on DoYouYoga.com...
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How to Reprogram Your Mind for Happiness

How to Reprogram Your Mind for Happiness

Your thoughts become your reality. Recurring negative thought patterns can lead to an unhappy life, but it's simple to reprogram your mind for happiness. When we're anxious about something or when we're replaying past experiences it's easy to repeat fears, worries and negative thoughts over and over in our minds. Negative thinking habits are interconnected with other aspects of yourself and your life. They can affect your emotional state, change your sleep patterns and brain chemistry, leave you irritable and fatigued, and lead you to poor self care and isolation. When you obsess over negative thoughts, giving them more attention than other thoughts, you are programming your subconscious mind to bring these thoughts up more often without your control. For optimal health and happiness, you can reprogram your mind by giving more weight and importance to your positive thoughts and experiences than the negative ones. By shifting your habits from repeating negative thoughts to repeating positive thoughts, you reprogram your mind to...
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Yoga for Building Strength (video)

Yoga for Building Strength (video)

Yoga has so many different benefits. It can help us relax, relieve stress, release stored up emotions from our bodies and become more grounded and focused. In this sequence, the benefit we're going to focus on is building strength. This 20-minute powerful yoga flow will help strengthen and tone your legs, core and upper body!   ...
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Yoga Sequence for Balance (video)

Yoga Sequence for Balance (video)

 Yoga balancing postures require strength, relaxation and steady concentration. Good balance can help protect you from injuries, improve your focus and relieve stress - balancing you not just physically but mentally as well! Try this 25-minute yoga flow to open up your hips, relieve tension in your back and improve your balance and stability.   ...
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How to Improve Your Self Esteem

How to Improve Your Self Esteem

Yoga and Mental Health Series For this series of blog posts, I’m writing within the topic of mental health. If you are struggling with your mental health, I want you to know that you are not alone, and life can get better. I want to show you how it’s possible and teach you some of the tools and techniques that I found helpful in improving anxiety, depression, self esteem and the lasting effects of trauma. Missed a previous post in this series? Read part 1, part 2 and part 3. Part 4: How to Improve Your Self Esteem For me one of the hardest parts of depression to overcome has been, and continues to be, low self esteem. Years of believing the lies that I'm not good enough, I'm a bad person, I'm not capable of success and not worthy of love, are pretty hard to stop believing, but I'm getting there. Like most good things in life, improving your self esteem is...
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