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This year, I spent my birthday speaking and teaching yoga at Cape Cod’s Love Yoga Fest.

Back in my corporate days, I’d always withdrawal one precious vacation day out of the HR benefit bank (and I hoarded those days like a freaking Dickensian miser lol) and spend it…by myself…at the beach, journaling and enjoying the solace and soul-filling experience that is the simple pleasure of being by an ocean.

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Because my birthday is in the summer (so a little more than 1/2 way through the year), I’d use it as an opportunity to do a mid-year check in with myself–a version of a mid-year review…but you know, with less stomach-churning dread. 😉

That is still my tradition. But this year in between teaching, talking to students/vendors/teachers/attendees, and generally running around all day, I didn’t get much downtime or journaling/reflecting time. And I definitely didn’t take the day off.

Which is when I realized: WOW! My life now is such that I love my work SO much, I choose to spend my birthday–the one day out of the whole year when you can unapologetically make it all about you–I get to spend MY day doing work I love! I get to teach and share tools that I’m passionate about, that I’ve found illuminating and transformational, helping others to find their paths, the courage to step into their most fulfilling lives, techniques to de-stress during the day and enhance their sleep and embrace wellness in a new way.

Instead of trying to escape my work life because my work made me so unhappy, I’m actually happy to spend my birthday working…because I’ve created a life where I love what I do. Where I believe in and am fulfilled by my work. Where I feel like my work truly helps people transform and elevate their lives.

My hope is that each of you will find work and create lives where you feel the same about what you do. It is DEFINITELY worth it. I promise! <3

World Yoga DayI was thrilled to lead a Wold Yoga Day event in Boston again this year.

This very special event debuted last year when the Prime Minister of India petitioned the U.N. to globally acknowledge the impact and importance that yoga has had around the world.

Last year, I lead a practice on the docks of the Charles River on a beautiful sunny day in the middle of the afternoon.

This year, I lead a practice in the quiet sanctuary of Boston’s Public Garden as the sun set. One attendee, blogger Sanae from Blue Boots Go took this photo and it so accurately captures the stillness, the collective connection of the group, and the bond we formed with the verdant, green nature around us.

Ah, sigh.

If you’re in Boston and love to be outdoors as much as I do, join us all summer, every Wednesday, on the Esplanade. Free and open to all. <3

I’m thrilled to be heading b-ACK to the beautiful, morning-fog, afternoon-sun, cobblestone streets of Nantucket this summer to present at the the Nantucket Yoga Festival! This is my fourth year being at the Festival and it truly is a unique experience.Nantucket Yoga Festival Students2

Nestled in the farm-fresh air of Bartlett’s farm, the sea air (just across the way) blows through the open-air tents, keeping you cool as you get to experience a diverse array of teachings and presenters. From Larisa Forman’s infamous meditation on the beach to lectures on photography by artist/photographer Robert Sturnam, there truly is something for everyone.

I’m inviting you to join us and use my Friends & Family code (SD16) to save on passes (savings which can be reallocated to fabulous dinners out?!)

See you soon!Nantucket Yoga Festival Singing Bowls

MindBodyGreen ran my newest piece this weekend. In it, I dish my secrets and insights on how to get the most out of your investment in a festival pass. Over the past four years, I’ve taught at yoga festivals, conferences, and events everywhere from Nantucket to Indonesia, Maine to L.A., Texas to Cape Cod. At the end of each day, I see some students emerge feeling great—energized, uplifted, and excited to take their new tools and techniques home with them—while others straggle out, utterly exhausted, in pain, or sometimes even unable to finish the day. So, as we head into the summer festival season, here are my top five tips for surviving and thriving at an all-day (or multiday) yoga fest.

Get the full-scoop here.

MBG My Yoga Festival Article

Well-known fact about me: I like to eat…a lot. As in, I really like to eat.

And I eat frequently and semi-startlingly

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large amounts.  When I’m overly hungry or know it will be a long time between meals, I pretty much can’t make it–sort  of like a two-year old (but taller).

Therefore, when I’m heading into a road trip, flight, or weekend that requires a large energetic output, I arm myself with super-healthy, protein-packed superfoods to energize me and get me through! Bonus–I like to bring extra and feed everyone around me.

So heading into a weekend where I would both present and attend my favorite writer’s conference in the world Muse & the Marketplace (whose website wisely advises you to BYOB–protein bar that is) AND speaking and attending Yoga Reaches Out, an amazing yoga event at Gillette Stadium where over 1,000 yogis practice on New England’s favorite football field, you better believe I turned to my Registered Dietician Whiz Sister Hanna as to what I should bake and bring with me. I knew I’d need long-term, sustained energy and anything I could eat to help boost mental alertness and focus. Hanna recommended this recipe and I customized it to be gluten-free and extra-healthy.

Hanna explained that with whole-grains (complex carbohydrates), healthy fat, and packed with protein to keep you full,  these delicious bars allow for sustained energy throughout the day with no sugar crashes. Yay!

DiVello’s Delicious Energy-Packed Homemade Protein Bars:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • Coconut water from the bottom of a coconut cream can or ½ cup of coconut water
  • ½ cup filtered water
  • 4 eggs yolks
  • 1 cup plain yogurt (or the coconut cream from the top of the can if you want to omit dairy)
  • ¾ cup warm honey (I am not a sweets person, so I will cut this down to ½ cup next time just to experiment)
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup ground flax seed
  • ⅓ cup sunflower seeds
  • â…” cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup almond butter (or any other type of nut butter you like)
  • 1 cup raisins (coarsely chopped!)
  • 1 cup pecans, pumpkin seeds, or the nut/seed of your choice

Directions: Line a 9 by 13-inch pan with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Soak a cup of oats with the coconut water and ½ a cup of filtered water, and let it sit for an hour.

Meanwhile, mix the eggs, yogurt, honey, and coconut oil together until well-blended.

Add all remaining ingredients and mix on a medium speed in your stand mixer (or wooden spatula if you’re up for a serious arm workout).

Break up the soaked rolled oats with a fork if need be.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 35 minutes.

Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, so that the coconut oil and almond butter can solidify.

Cut into 2 by 1 slices and store in the fridge for a week (or even a few days more).

I doubled it because I wanted a large batch; you may want to wrap individually and freeze them.

 

I’m thrilled to be leading a workshop again this year at Grub Street’s Muse and theGrub Street Typewriter Mark Twain Marketplace. This is my third year teaching and fifth year attending this nationally recognized writer’s conference and every year I leave full-up on the excitement of new knowledge, connections, friendships, and energy, ideas, and tools for my writing.

Here are my 5 reasons you won’t want to miss it either:

  1. It’s a writer’s buffet of teaching talent. This veritable smorgasbord for writing allows you to take classes with a wide variety of teachers, learning from their unique experience and background.
  2. You can take classes on anything–ANYTHING and everything about the craft and business of writing. Want to drill down to the sentence level? We have a class on that. Wrestling with multiple points of view in your work in progress? We have a class on that. Not sure if your agent is right for you? Well, we just so happen to have a class on that. Not sure if you want to go indie or traditional? We will walk you through the pros and cons. If you can think of it, dream it or ask it, YES, WE HAVE A CLASS ON IT.
  3. It’s specific time to dedicate to you and your craft and that matters. As writers, we often squeeze our writing into the times we’re not doing everything else in our lives. I believe while that is unavoidable, it also sends a message to some deep level of your psyche (and your Muse). Taking time and making time to dedicate to your craft also sends a message: This matters to me and I will lovingly tend to, nourish, and dedicate myself to you.
  4. You will learn things you don’t even know you need to. See #2 above. Now peruse the list of classes here. Take something unexpected. Leave with your #mindblown.
  5. I will teach you tools you can use at home to bust through blocks and boost your creativity. You will leave feeling empowered and looking at creativity in a whole new way. Also, I will have snacks. :)

 

By the time February rolls around, we’re often deep into the trademark “winter hunch,” Dr Oz Screenshotbracing against the chill. We’re compounded with hunching over our desks at work, laptops at home, and smart phones pretty much everywhere, which makes even the most upright among us start to feel like the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Here are my 5 Favorite ways to counteract “Winter Hunch” & open your heart for Valentine’s Day, which I’m thrilled to share are featured on Dr. Oz!

http://www.drozthegoodlife.com/fitness/flexibility/tips/g267/yoga-poses-open-heart/

“Heart openers” are a popular request in yoga, but many yoga teachers only open the chest muscles. I’m approaching it from a 360-degree perspective. Enjoy!

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