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Greetings from NOT-so-sunny Philadelphia (the show whose name was “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia LIED!).

I came here to give the kickoff talk for The Good Fest and also spoke on the “Real Life Routines Panel: Living the GOOD Life, Everyday” (because you guys know I love to keep it real!) 🙂

It was an awesome day where 300+ people showed up to learn, be inspired, and connect. My goal for the kickoff talk was to:

  1. Set the tone for the day.
  2. Invite people to get clear on WHY they were there
  3. Give attendees tools to get the most of the day
  4. Give attendees tools for taking what they learned OFF THE MAT and home with them in their real world lives
  5. Invite them to set an intention for their Good Fest experience

As you know if you read my book, yoga was a life-saving tool for me. It reduced my stress, made an unbearable job bearable, and helped me to eventually gain the clarify and courage to leave that job and pursue my most fulfilling life.

But yoga is only an hour or so per day (at the most. Please dear God, don’t tell me you’re doing yoga more than that!)…and that leaves 22-23 hours for the rest of the day. So what I’m really interested in is the concept of yoga OFF THE MAT. In how can we take the tools of the practice off the mat into the rest of our lives–our home, family, work, friends…whatever your life looks like. I this THIS is where the real usefulness, magic, and far-reaching, long-term benefits can be seen.

One of my other big takeaways/tools that I wanted to share with people is: Follow your discomfort. Let it be a sort of internal GPS.

When something is uncomfortable or painful, our first (and normal) human response is to Ignore, Deny, or Push it Away. To cover it up with something else (food, wine, bad TV…whatever the distraction is). To pretend or deny that it’s there. I get it. I want to do that too at first.

And yet…I actually prefer to hone in on, explore, and follow the discomfort. Not only is it s an incredible act of courage to SIT and LISTEN to it, but it’s also your quickest way THROUGH it to the other side. Lastly, it’s trying to teach you something. So give it a try–follow it where it’s trying to point you. <3

It was such an honor to share these thoughts with attendees. And for everyone who couldn’t make it, stay tuned, I’ll be writing more on these topics. <3

In case you’re not following my every riveting move on Instagram oNYC skyscaper Facebook (wait–why AREN’T you following my every riveting move?? START FOLLOWING! You don’t want to miss out!! 🙂 ), I have some pretty big, exciting news.

Glamour Magazine reached out to collaborate on a very exciting initiative they’re working on about the connection between inner wellness and outer wellness and beauty.

I jumped on a train and headed to the Big Apple last week and spent the day filming with them. I will share as soon as it’s live. Stay tuned, friends! I’ll be posting exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, stories, and info!

xo

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I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling emotionally raw, depleted, and exhausted tonight. I need some extra nourishing, extra pampering, extra restorative self care tonight.

Here’s what I’ll be doing. I hope this helps you too. And if you have other ideas, please share so I can try them 🙂

  1. I’m creating some quiet time. I’m honoring my inner call to stay in, be quiet, rest.
  2. I’m going to take a mineral salt, essential oil scented bath complete with candles and soothing music.
  3. I’ll apply essential oil-scented organic body oil to my pulse points.
  4. I’ll meditate. (I meditate daily, but I’ll do more)
  5. I’ll do a gentle heart-opening restorative yoga pose. (Photo and directions below)
  6. I’ll order in dinner and spend quiet time with close friends.

 

Supta Baddha Konasana:

Lie on your yoga mat or in your bed. Place a pillow or bolster under your knees and another under your head. Wiggle your shoulder blades down (or have someone tuck them for you). Cover yourself up with a blanket or your sheets/blanket if you’re in bed. Place a weighted pillow or small zafu on your belly and a folded towel or eye pillow over your eyes. Breathe slowly and deeply. Stay as long as you like. Only get up in your time. <3

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Page 1, Scene 1, Chapter 1, New Book.

As a writer, I think of things in writer’s terms: pages, scenes, chapters, books. You write your life. You choose the characters who will populate it. You set the scenes. You end themes, start new chapters.

New Year’s Day is the first page of a new chapter in your life. 365 fresh pages stretch out in front of you, blank and inviting you to fill them how, and with what, and with whom you choose. How will you fill them? What will you write?

#whereintheOMamI #YouWriteYourLife OM and WW mug

 

OK Friends. Here is my individual interview on how I #FoundMyFit filmed by Onslot Creative for Sleep Innovations. This project is SO dear to my heart and so vulnerable making…for a lot of reasons…especially putting myself out there in such an open-hearted and vulnerable way. And also…on a more superficial level…with barely any makeup (and who knew they were going to zoom in quite THAT CLOSE?!?!?).

BUT I wanted to be authentic–and I was–about something this important that I care about this much. As you know, THIS is not only the topic of my book, but something I’m truly PASSIONATE about! I believe there is no greater service to the world and deep-seated satisfaction within than finding your fit (in yoga-speak, living your dharma).

Now, I am so honored to travel around speaking, sharing my journey, & teaching others how to find THEIR fit and step into their most fulfilling lives. Truly, I am so thrilled to be part of this important project.

Produced by amazing: Kate Hammond, Story Producer: Aimee O’Neal, Director: Ben Patterson, Director of Photography: A Poland, Editor: Matt D Peters.

I’m THRILLED to announce I was chosen by Sleep Innovations to share how I Found My Fit, along with the AMAZING Kuro Tawil of Kuros! Project, who provides free pepper spray to women in developing nations, Tiffany Reid, Sr. Fashion Editor at Cosmopolitan, & Skyler Bouchard of Dining with Skyler  ❤️

As you know, THIS is the topic of my book, “Where in the OM Am I?” and a topic I’m truly passionate about as I travel around now speaking & teaching others how to find THEIR fit and step into their most fulfilling lives. ❤️

Sleep Innovation’s motto, Be Rested, Find Your Fit, totally aligns with what I teach and how I live. I’m just so thrilled to be part of this important project, alongside this inspiring line-up of folks, about a topic I love.

Produced by the amazing OnSlot Creative Team.

WS picThis is my second year speaking at the W.E.L.L. Summit, an incredible event focused on Wellness, Education, Leadership, and Luxury and it is absolutely one of my favorite events of the year. Here’s why—as well as my top 3 tips on how to make the most when you attend.

3 Reasons I’m Excited to Speak at the W.E.L.L. Summit:

  1. I love living WELL. From what I put IN my body, to what I put ON my body (from products to clothing) I try to make conscious choices.  I try to eat well, clean green, exercise, floss, and meditate…but I can’t know about allllll the products and all the things. So I trust the W.E.L.L. Summit, and its founder, Boston’s Best Wellness Guru, Gianne Doherty, to introduce me to brands I want to know about.

Here’s how the W.E.L.L. Summit has directly impacted me:

What you put IN your body: I met Nectar & Green, a local, organic, handmade in small batches (and delivered to your door!) almond milk company at the W.E.L.L. Summit last year. Turns out, the founder lives in my neighborhood…but I would’ve never known about them if they hadn’t catered the WELL Summit’s tea bar. Ditto for Wedderspoon Honey, a honey company doing things in a whole new way that I believe in and want to support (also it’s delicious) 🙂

What you put ON your body: I met my fellow presenter Josh Rosebrookhttp://joshrosebrook.com/ when I sat in on his mediation session. I fell in love with his beautiful spirit. Turn’s out, he also has a world-known, award-winning hair and skincare line. Wha…?! Yes, Josh has been featured in Vanity Fair, W, Marie Claire, and has been hyped by Alicia Silverstone (vegan beauty extraordinaire…but I met him and his fair trade, organic, beautifying products at the W.E.L.L. Summit. After the Summit, I went to Josh’s website and read his manifesto. It actually brought tears to my eyes. His organic products ensure that everyone in the chain of production–from who grows and harvests the products, to how they’re made–are given a fair living wage, and sustainably, responsibly sourced. These are products that not only make my hair look great, they are also a chance for me to vote for my wallet for a brand that I believe makes the world a better place. It doesn’t get any better than that.

2. I can’t know how to do ALL the things…and I don’t have to

I’m a writer, speaker, and yoga teacher. I am a great home chef, an excellent advice giver, and a mom to a rescue mutt who is the love of my life.  I am NOT, however, a social media maven. Social media isn’t intuitive to me. I feel like I never know what to post. So I wasted no time in sitting in on my fellow presenter Ksenia Avdulova’s How to Crack Social Media Code. Ksenia is the founder of the super successful Breakfast Criminals. I learned…a lot. And I left feeling confident. Takeaway: Step outside your comfort zone. I learn a lot from my fellow presenters!

3: It’s a chance to meet industry leaders across all sorts of topics.

Leaders like Josh, Ksenia, and Siobhan O’Connor, co-author of the natural beauty bible and blog No More Dirty Looks. O’Connor’s blend of science and spirituality is right up my alley. I want to back my practice up with facts. Plus I love to connect with kick-ass female authors! I’m also looking forward to meeting Cyndie Spiegel, another kick-ass speaker leading sessions on overcoming fear and the imposter syndrome. I know from leading workshops that fear is the #1 thing that holds people back. So I know Cyndie’s session is going to free attendees from the fears that hold them back, and if her Instagram posts are anything to go by, it’s going to rock! These are only a sample of the incredible variety of awesome and inspiring leaders presenting all sorts of awesomeness!

3 Tips to make the most of attending:

  1. Go with an open mind and an open heart.
    I love the W.E.L.L. Summit because being there is truly an authentic, open-hearted experience. That’s because that’s the tone set at the top. This is a safe place to be vulnerable. Go in with that attitude, talk to people—attendees and presenters—we’re all looking to connect.
  2. Seek to serve
    Think about what you bring to the table and offer it up. One thing I notice about networking is that people often come in with an “ask” first. Friends, I promise you will receive more if you lead with giving. An attitude of generosity is much more magnetic than an attitude of need.
  3. Diversify your schedule.
    There is truly tantalizing array of classes—mix it up! From Meditation with Josh and also the OMazing Lauren Ash of Black Girl in OM, (creating a meditation play list? I am RSVPing Y-E-S!) to  how to decrease inflammation, learn about fertility, to how to take professional level photos (I will be sitting in on Kristen Kellogg‘s sesh for SURE!), to Where in the OM Am I? (ahem), to how to view beauty in a whole new way at Rebecca Casciano’s Sacred Beauty Salon (I sat in last year!) and sooooo much more, this is your chance to get a well-rounded, full experience of the topics that matter most to you.Open your heart, open your mind, and come join us.

Oct. 21-22, New York City. Tickets: wellsummit.org