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You know how you go to an amazing festival/event/conference and you get really pumped up on good vibes and all the feels? You’re energized, excited, and leave flying high. You decide this will be YOUR YEAR. You will eat more kale. You will do yoga every day. You will keep in touch with your new BFF. You are shiny, new, improved, reinvented version of yourself. You are unstoppable!

Then the next day you’re kind of exhausted and really just want to nap (in a good way). You promise yourself you’ll take a few days off because you deserve it (which you DO.

Then…before you know it, a few weeks goes by and you’re thinking, “Wait–what am I supposed to be doing?” And then before the swag bag goodies are fully gone, you either get overwhelmed, burnt out, or kind of forget what you were supposed to be doing.

Don’t worry–you’re not alone.

This weekend I gave the opening talk for The Good Fest. My goal was to set the tone for the day (receptive, unity, open-hearted, open-minded), talked about how to figure out what you’re missing in your life and what you need, led a clearing exercise and guided everyone to set an Intention. You can read more about it here.

For the GOOD attendees, below is your cheat sheet for how to take your Ignition Point (as I like to call it) off the mat and into your real world at home.

For everyone who didn’t attend, FEAR NOT. You can use this as your New Year’s Resolution Refresher–as we’re nearly 1/3 into the year, the timing is perfect.

  1. Grab your journal and make yourself a cup of tea.

  2. Find some quiet time and space alone.

  3. Take 3 Cleansing Breaths.
    If you’ve seen me speak, I’ve walked you through this. If you haven’t, here’s the drill: Take 3 deep breaths. Breathe in through the nose and loudly sigh out of the mouth on the exhale.
  4. Do my Let Go exercise.
    Again, if you’ve done this with me, go right into it. If you’re new, here’s how: Keep doing Cleansing Breaths (above) and now mentally add the chant “Let…Go…” in concert with your breath. Inhale to “Let,” and exhale “Go…” and then consciously commit to letting go of anything that’s currently weighing on your mind. Any worries/thoughts/expectations that you have: Inhale to “Let,” and exhale “Go…” Do as many rounds as you need to in order to clear the mental clutter.
  5. Connect to your calm, centered self..
    Close your eyes, place one palm on your belly and one palm on your heart and ask yourself, “Where in the OM Am I in my life right now? What am I looking for? What was I seeking to create or grow in my life?” Gently open your eyes, take out your journal, and write down the first things that come to mind.
  6. Next, close your eyes and ask yourself, “What was the Intention I set for myself?” (at The Good Fest, as my New Year’s Resolution, or whenever you last set an Intention for yourself). Does it still resonate? Is this still what you want to work on? Gently open your eyes and write down whatever comes to your mind.
  7. Recommit to your original or newly realized Intention.
    Press your palms together at your heart. Press your pinkies and thumbs together and open the other fingers. This is Padma Mudra, signifying the thousand-petal lotus flower. It is the mudra of receptivity. Take 3 deep breaths, consciously breathing your intention into your open, receptive palms. Let your breath plants your seeds of Intention in your heart.

Whenever you feel unsure or disconnected, return to your journal and read what you wrote. Read your Intention. And when you need a boost, repeat this practice.

Additional ways to re-focus and re-charge:

  1. Connect to Community.
    Remember that surrounding yourself with like-minded people is a great way to nourish yourself. Reach out!! You are not the only one going through this and you will feel so much better and more supported when that is affirmed
  2. Let Discomfort be Your GPS
    As I wrote in my previous post: 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 advise (and practice myself) honing in on, exploring, and following 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

These tools will support you as you continue your work and try to integrate it into your worlds at home (where the majority of the work–and progress!–will happen). Remember this is big, brave work you’re doing! I hope these tools feel useful, nourishing, and supportive.<3

Got questions? Comment below or send me an email or DM! xo

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

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.

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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/

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

I took a chance and wrote a piece about why I left my high-powered (and soul-sucking) PR career to teach yoga…and was THRILLED when Marie Claire accepted it!

Then Cosmopolitan picked it up…!!Marie Claire 2

Then Elle picked it up…!!

Then Dr. Oz picked it up…!!!

And then Redbook picked it up!!!

OH HAPPY DAY!!!! I’m so thrilled to share my story with even more seekers, the growing tribe of people that are looking for more than a paycheck. Who want to make a difference, serve the world in their highest way, and find more fulfillment as they do. Keep seeking, seekers! We’re all in this together! <3

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