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Friends I’m thrilled (and slightly nervous) to announce I’m taking over Athleta’s National Instagram Stories today as part of their “Day in My Life” Series. As such I’m sharing my day, some of my favorite recipes, a first-time peek inside my office (where I write my books) and much, much more with their 348,000 followers.

(Did I mention I’m petrified and awkward on video…but I’m doing videos??? Hey, I’m 40! I’ve gotta keep challenging myself and embracing that which scares me!)❤️

Anyway to celebrate, I’m also launching a Power of She Absolute SelfCare Challenge! For 10 days I’ll be sharing my top wellness tips, tricks, hacks, and recipes to enhance your Absolute SelfCare starting with food today.

To Enter:
1: click over to Instagram and follow me: https://www.instagram.com/saradivello/

2: Comment there with questions or what you’re excited to try or you want me to include (or even just a to let me know you’re there)

3: Follow along Daily for my tips (and to see new prizes added). Winner will be picked on Day 10!
https://www.instagram.com/saradivello/

 

I first met Latham at the inaugural W.E.L.L. Summit in 2015, where we were both speakers, and she is an incredible, truly radiant human, and an insightful, brilliant speaker. She exudes a warmth and wisdom that is rare today, and I can say there is truly nothing like basking in this woman’s presence. I’m so excited to host her for an afternoon of SelfCare and conversation as we celebrate her new book, Own Your Glow! A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowing the Queen Within.

Here’s what the event entails:

Circulate among our “Glow Stations” designed to help you glow in every part of your life–sip tea and sample almond milk from Nectar & Green, enjoy salads from SweetGreen, workout tips from Healthworks’ personal trainers, mini chair massages from the Healthworks Spa therapists, complimentary organic spray tans, and more!

Then we’ll segue to soul-deep conversation–including answers to the questions you care most about. What a perfect way to spend a Sunday!

This exclusive, one-time-only event is your chance to ask Latham (who’s new book is about creating rituals to deepen, enhance, and elevate every part of your life) ANYTHING.
What you will get:

  • All Attendees will leave with a signed copy of Latham ‘s new book, “Own Your Glow” so that they can continue to be nourished and pampered at home plus a gift from Organic Bath Co.
  • VIP Attendees will receive 2 copies of Latham’s book (1 for you and a perfect holiday gift for a special woman in your life), a gift from Organic Bath Co., front-rows seating, front of the line privileges for Latham’s post-talk book signing, PLUS VIP yoga with me to kick off the day!

Tickets available here: https://wellsummit.org/own-your-glow/

You’re busy. I know. You’re hustling hard, juggling it all: multi-tasking, overwhelmed, overworked, overbooked, and running ragged. Which means sleep can be one of the first things you sacrifice. But cheating on sleep could yield way bigger problems than bags under your eyes (although that IS a legit problem!). According to Dr. Eric Olsen, “Studies show that people who don’t get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as a common cold virus. Lack of sleep can also affect how fast you recover if you do get sick.”

As I’ve shared in my book, Where in the OM Am I?, being overwhelmed, overworked, and overbooked were all too familiar when I worked a high-stress corporate job. Now as an author, speaker, and national yoga teacher, I travel around the country sharing how to use yoga tools to find life balance, direction, and fulfillment. Getting restful sleep—and enough of it—is a pillar of overall wellness, and the topic of one of my most popular workshops, “Sleep Hacks: How to Power Down, Tune In, and Experience Profound Rest.”

If you’re wrestling with insomnia, the first step is to shift your thinking and get to the root cause of what’s going on. Next, start to make positive, powerful changes.

Here are 3 of my favorite tools to help you create a Bedtime Ritual that will calm your mind and prepare your body for restful sleep. The best part? They’re quick, easy, and actually enjoyable.

1: Apply lavender oil to your pulse points in a slow, mindful, intentional way. Dim the lights, signaling to the brain that it’s time to wind down, then gently, slowly apply it to these four points: your inner wrists, the crease of your elbow, the sides of your throat, and the center of your chest. Apply it in gentle circles in rhythm with your slow, deep breaths. If you only have time to do one point, apply to the wrists.

Clinical studies prove this deepens and lengthens sleep compared to the control group, as published by the National Institutes of Health and takes about 19 minutes to get into your bloodstream. So half an hour before you head to bed, try this soothing evening oil routine.

My favorite is Stress-Less by the award-winning Organic Bath Co. They tested over 20 kinds of lavender before choosing this relaxation-inducing variety. If you do this every night, the soothing scent will soon signal your brain it’s time to rest even before you’re in bed.

 

 

2:Next, ease into this restorative yoga pose: Place a pillow under your knees and another under your head. Make any adjustments you need to get extra comfortable. You can do this on your mat or in your bed. Cover yourself with a blanket, place an eye pillow over your eyes, another pillow on your belly. Allow these gentle weights to help you feel grounded and centered, and studies indicate the weight of them may facilitate sleep.

3: Begin an extended-exhale pranayama (breathwork practice). This stimulates the vagus nerve, the largest nerve into the central nervous system, and sends a “relax-rest-digest” message to your brain. Breathe in for a slow, calming count of 3, and out for 4, 5, or 6. Try a few rounds. Then gently add in the mantra “Let go.” Inhale and “Let,” exhale, “go.” Inhale and “Let,” exhale, “go.” Let…go. Let…go of anything weighing on your mind with every cycle. Continue as you drift off.

I designed these sleep hacks to fit easily into your evening. The goal isn’t to give you yet another thing you have to make room for in your already-busy life, but rather to offer easy-to-implement, powerful tools that will help you rest deeply, restore, and rejuvenate.

 

 

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

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.

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