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!
Oct. 21-22, New York City. Tickets: wellsummit.org
I’m SO excited to announce that I’m hosting a Tea-Time Chat and Q&A with New York Times bestselling author, Oprah SuperSoul #100 leader, and internationally acclaimed speaker Gabby Bernstein on Sunday Oct 2 in Boston…and you’re invited!
One of the many things that I love about the WELL Summit is that it seeks to nourish attendees on all levels, which directly aligns with my philosophy, and this event will be the same. You’ll sip delicious, organic tea, enjoy healthy treats and soul-deep conversation–including answers to the questions you care most about–in an intimate, welcoming space in community with similarly minded people. What a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
All attendees will leave with a gift bag of carefully curated wellness products and a copy of Gabby’s new book, The Universe Has Your Back so that they can continue to be nourished and pampered at home.
Tickets are available through the W.E.L.L. Summit: http://wellsummit.org/gabby-bernstein-event/
Ah, summer—that glorious season when we can’t wait to head outside. And heading outside usually means an increase in our usual activities…or trying totally new ones.
Training for a marathon? Beach volleyball? A mountain hike now that it’s warm enough not to freeze your gluteus maximus off?
Whatever the case, your hip flexors, hamstrings, calves, and inner and outer hips may feel the difference the next day. Here are my five favorite ways to help counterbalance any tightness you’ve incurred.
Standing at the top of your mat, step back to crescent lunge with the right foot, then slowly lower your back knee down. Adjust your legs as necessary to keep the front knee directly over the ankle and your back leg long and in line with your hip. Let your head hang down to add a fascial release to this stretch. Stay here for 5 to 8 breaths, gently stretching the hip flexors. Switch sides.
Downward dog can be a great way to release tight calves. Start by gently peddling the legs out, pausing on each side to first notice which one is tighter (are you right-handed and right-leg dominant?). Knowing more about your body will help you to support, release, and equalize your defaults and resulting areas of tightness. Hold when it’s tight for up to 5 deep breaths.
From dog, draw your right knee forward until your shoulders are over your wrists. Angle your knee toward the right edge of your mat and the sole of your foot toward your left. Lower the right leg to the mat. Place a block or blanket under your right sitz bone. You can either stay seated to continue getting a hip flexor release or lower your chest to the mat. Repeat on the left.
From dog, draw both knees down to the mat in table pose. Keep your hips over your left knee and extend the right leg forward. This is my favorite hamstring release because it’s effective, and from here you can see which of the three hamstring muscles are the tightest.
That’s right—there are three hamstrings, semitendinosus, semimembranosus and biceps femoris—and you can only stretch as far as the tightest one. Find which one is tightest by gently, slowly, rotating the foot in a windshield-wiper motion. Then hold on the tightest one for 3 to 5 more breaths. Switch sides, then step back to table.
Next, shift to seated and swing both legs around to the front.
Open the legs to wide-enough angles that you feel the adductors, your groin muscles, stretch. Place your fingertips on the mat between them and lift the heart, letting the lower back drop very gently forward.
Stay here if you feel enough or continue to slowly lift your heart up first, then lower down (keeping your spine long and lifted).
Work gently, patiently, and with a sense of compassionate curiosity. This is a chance to learn more about your body, its tendencies, defaults, and tightness—and then to start to therapeutically release and equalize.
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.
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
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.
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.
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?!)