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.
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:
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:
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
Get the full-scoop here.
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…!!
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
I’m thrilled to kickoff #NamasteattheMFA on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston!
As part of this super-cool program, you get to grab your mat and get into the musuem BEFORE it opens (!!), stretch, breathe, and drink in the stillness of having the place to ourselves…then stay and enjoy the beauty of the museum at your leisure after calls.
Friends, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you can be there!
I’m thrilled to have my first piece featured on the Athleta Chi Blog! Check out my how-to guide on going “OM for the Holidays: 5 Tips to Keep You Zen“–for when your back’s tight from the plane, your belly’s too full, you can’t sleep, or the ever-loving fam is driving you crazy (um…not that MY fam or YOUR fam would ever do that!) 😉