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My sister Hanna is a registered dietician. Which makes me super lucky since I can get research-backed nutrition advice on the ready. Fortunately, I’m happy to share her wisdom (and my food) 🙂

Here are my Hanna/RD-approved energy bites. They are gluten-free, vegetarian/vegan if you want them to be (omit honey and collagen powder) and 100% delicious. They are also quick to make and keep me energized, grounded and balanced even on long days. (Notice one is missing in the heartbowl picture–that’s because I ate it! Photography is hard work. I got hungry 🙂

Let’s do this:

Combine all (except honey) in a bowl or mixer. Stir/mix until blended. Then drizzle in honey to taste. Taste frequently to see how it’s going 🙂

When satisfied, wet hands and roll into balls. Freeze for an hour if you’re in a rush, or refrigerate for 1 1/2 hours, then take them out, pack them up and go!

 

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

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.