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KISS: Keep it so simple

Jul 20, 2021

When embarking on your wellness journey, you may create expectations for yourself to “help” you get started. For example, “I need a new yoga mat (or cushion)” or “I need to create my meditation space with incense, candles, and photos.” 

These rules don’t help, they hinder you. You judge yourself for not doing it “right” or “good enough”. As a result, you either don’t get started, or quit before experiencing the...

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What do we mean by strengthening the nervous system?

Dec 31, 2020

We talk about the nervous system a lot in Kundalini Yoga. But what does it mean, to strengthen the nervous system? 

It took me years of practice to really understand this system, but one day it just clicked.

I was driving down a pretty narrow street, there was a group of cyclists riding toward me when all of a sudden a car came barreling down the street (in the same direction as the cyclists) and moved into my lane to pass the cyclists. He was moving fast and right toward me. There were...

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The end result should never, ever be about you feeling worse about setting a goal to improve your life

Dec 29, 2020

IzzyJi's end of year message in her Yoga off the Mat series.

Well, it’s that time of year again, when even during covid, we see an increase in commercials for: gym memberships, weight loss companies, cook-your-own-healthy-meal deliveries, etc. Companies bank on the fact that people are currently thinking about making a change for the new year. If you are like me, you may be beating yourself up for not sticking with last year’s resolution. You may be hoping to “do...

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Lace up your shoes & get set for 2021

Dec 28, 2020

In many ways, January 1, 2020 doesn’t seem that long ago. 

And yet so.much.has.happened. 

 

At the beginning of the year, I was setting my goals and considered running two marathons this year. As I weighed my responsibilities, time and other goals, I decided it wasn’t feasible for 2020. 

Yet here we are at the end of the year and I actually feel like I ran the two marathons… and then some. 

 

Marathons require months of training and...

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The Surge Before the Transition

Dec 15, 2020

Years ago, I worked in a nursing home. From time to time, I had the honor to sing to a resident as they were transitioning from this life. I remember always being amazed when one of the nursing staff would “predict” that someone didn’t have much longer for this lifetime. 

“How can you tell?” I asked. “ Mr. _____________ has been so much better today!” 

What I learned is that sometimes when someone is about to transition, they have what is...

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Balance Yourself, Create a Ripple

Dec 08, 2020

This is part 11 in IzzyJi's Yoga off the Mat series. 

 

Yin and Yang. Day and night. Light and dark. Sun and moon. Land and sea. Hot and cold. Energy and calm. Awake and asleep. Fire and Water. Head and feet. Left and right. I could go on and on (and on)!

 

We learn early on about balance in yoga. I’m not talking about being able to stand on one foot kind of balance. I’m talking about the polar opposite connections that exist in life. The sun rises and sets-- as...

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Resembles Lemonade

Nov 24, 2020

This is part 9 in IzzyJi's Yoga off the Mat series.

 

“God has not promised me sunshine That's not the way it's going to be But a little rain (a little rain) Mixed with God's sunshine A little pain (a little pain) Makes me appreciate the good times Be grateful”  ~Be Grateful, by Walter Hawkins

 

This gospel song came out in 1978. I remember listening to it all the time as a little girl. I loved it so much that when I had the opportunity...

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Battle of the Minds

Nov 17, 2020

This is Part 8 in IzzyJi’s Yoga off the Mat series.

 

“Anticipation, anticipation Is makin' me late Is keepin' me waitin'...”  

Carly Simon, “Anticipation”

 

Through my surgery recovery, I have come to accept that I need to work on my three functional minds. They are constantly in battle! 

 

Yogic anatomy teaches us  that each person is made up of ten bodies: three mental bodies, the one physical body, and six energy...

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Now the real work begins

Nov 10, 2020

This is part 7 in IzzyJi's Yoga off the Mat series.

 

Whether you voted for the Biden/Harris ticket, the Trump/Pence ticket, some other ticket or no ticket at all, I think it is safe to say that this election process has been on most of our minds. Many of the topics that the candidates have brought up are ones that most people feel pretty passionate about. 

 

One thing I’ve discussed in numerous conversations about the results is this: this is just the beginning. No...

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Hey, there's something out of balance!

Nov 02, 2020
I began teaching Kundalini Yoga earlier this year. Let me share how I got here...and the reverence for life that I've uncovered along the way.
 
Like many people, my journey of healing and self-discovery began during a time of desperation. Social anxiety, digestive issues, cystic acne, and a shaky sense of self were ways my body was saying, “Hey, something’s out of balance here. We love you, please help!”
I’m glad I listened.
 
As I eliminated...
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