How To Not Get Hurt

We all love “How To’s” don’t we?  We want a fix, and we want it NOW.  

To some degree this is totally understandable, because we all just want to feel better.  We all just want to feel better in a world that is tough.  Like marathon tough, like swim across the English Channel tough, like WHOA tough.  

But here’s what I have come to terms with.  We will all get hurt.  Rocked to our core, hurt.  You probably already have, which is why you are so darn resistant to it.  “No no no I don’t want to go down that road again, that shit was painful.”  

But by God, isn’t that very pain just a part of the human experience, and dare I say, what helps us grow?

We are all facing excruciatingly painful things on the regular.  Fear, anxiety, loss.  But here’s the truth bomb my loves, you have to feel them.  To sit with them and let them pass through you.  It will get lighter and easier moment by moment, day by day.  Give yourself over to these feelings and let them hold you, and then go forth.  

There is no, how to not get hurt.  There is only a, how to get hurt and keep thriving.  And we keep thriving by knowing that everything is temporary.  That this too shall pass, and that we wouldn't know the highs without the low’s.  We can’t selectively feel, if we numb out hurt we also numb out elated joy. 

If you want to heal it, you've got to feel it my loves.  

YOGA UNDER THE SHEETS

Spandex, changing positions, deep breathing, sweat… nope this isn’t a description of hanky-panky, it’s your typical yoga class.  The ancient practice of yoga has been known to help us with many ailments and circumstances, but yoga can be good for your sex life?  Ommm yeah it can.  

Stating the obvious, yoga makes you strong and flexible.  Sex is simply more fun with an extra strength rubber band!   When you feel more free and open in your body, you can move with ease and security.   Allowing you to really make a connection.  Besides, the word yoga means union.  To come together.  To bring together the self with the higher self.  The self that we are, and the self that we intend to be.  When we are in union with our more awakened self, we are engaged, and able to authentically connect with others. (aka our partners..hint hint) 

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GENTLE PRACTICE

As a yoga instructor in one of the worlds most intense metropolis’, I am used to seeing some pretty frazzled and shaken up individuals.  We all have experienced the feeling of anxiousness,   or feeling unsettled.  Changing the way you feel, begins with awareness.  

Lucky you, because yoga is a cultivation of awareness.  We bring awareness to our body, our breath, and our beliefs.  Every class I teach begins with a centering, involves some movement, and ends with rest.  I would love to give you some tools to practice whether you are a seasoned yogi, or a yoga rookie to practice at home.  This practice will allow you to embody your body, think thoughts that really serve you, and as if that weren’t enough, they’ll make you feel good to boot.

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SELF LOVE?

One thing that frustrates me about the wellness industry is the proverbial potato toss of the phrase “self love”.  We all talk about how we need to love ourselves more (which is totally true), but no one really talks about HOW.  How do we practice loving ourselves.  Where does it begin?  

Self love starts in that noggin of yours.  The thoughts we think and the beliefs we have created.  What is a belief? It’s a thought that has been repeated over and over again.  The average person thinks about 60,000 thoughts per day.  90% of those thoughts, are the same.  That means if you are constantly thinking to yourself, “I’m not good enough”, or “I’m fat”, that garbage is on repeat.  We must become conscious of our thoughts so that we can pick up that record needle and play a new track.  Preferably one that is more, (drum roll)…. LOVING.  When those revolting thoughts arise, don’t berate yourself for having it. Notice it.  Tell yourself how adorable it is that you THINK that being mean to yourself will help you change, and then change the thought. 

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